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TED GUNDERSON 


The Mystery of the 

CAREFULLY 

CRAFTED 

HOAX 


THE MYSTERY OF THE 
CAREFULLY 
CRAFTED HOAX: 

A REPORT 


BY 

THE NEBRASKA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 



TABLE OF CONTENTS 


Foreword 

Preface 

Introduction 

Larry King and the Franklin Credit Union 1 

Storm Warnings Arise 4 

Larry King - The Dark Side 7 

The State Legislatures Franklin Committee , 12 

Alisha Owen: Portrait of a Vicfim/Witness 17 

Troy Boner and Danny King: 

A Profile of Two Male Hustlers. 25 

Paul Bonacci: Abuse Survivor. 25 

Sexual Child Abuse and 

Multiple Personality Disorders. „51 

The Grand Juries.. .....59 

Blueprint for a Cover-up 79 

The Perjury Trial 83 

Some After Thoughts 86 

Franklin Time Line 9: 



FOREWORD 


After I retired in March, 1979 as Senior Special Agent in 
charge of the FBI in Los Angeles, California, 1 was contacted by 
friends of Doctor Jeffrey R. McDonald, the former green beret, 
who had been convicted- of murdering his wife and two 
children at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in February of 1970. 
McDonald, as well as a vociferous group of close personal 
friends, claimed that he was innocent of the crime. I was 
asked to investigate the case. 

After working hundreds of hours and developing 
numerous witnesses, l obtained an opportunity to formally 
interview Helena Stoeckley, who had become a suspect in 
the murders. McDonald had claimed Stoeckiey was part of a 
"hippy cult" which had invaded his home on that fateful night. 
These cult members. McDonald said, were in fact the real 
murderers of his family. Over the years Stoeckley had made 
admissions to others that Dr. Me Donald had not committed 
the crimes, and that she and a group of friends had indeed 
been responsible for the grisly murders of his family. Oddly, 
nobody had ever taken a formal statement from Stoeckley. I 
have since learned that, in fact, Stoeckley contacted the FBI 
in 1978 for the purpose of making a full confession. The FBI, 
however, refused to talk to her. 

In October of 1989, my associate and l convinced 
Stoeckley that it would be in her best interests to confess. She 
then gave us a signed statement in which she admitted that 
her "satanic cult," had murdered McDonald's family. The cult, 
felt that McDonald had furnished the identity of soldiers who 
had OD'd on drugs to the officials at the hospital where he was 
working. They committed the murders as part of a vendetta. 
However, Stoeckiey's admission was ignored. The Dept, of 
Justice attorneys, and the FBI, stuck to their theory that 
McDonald committed the crimes, after which he'd staged the 
scene to make it appear as if a Charles-Manson type mass 
murder had occurred. 

I had heard of satanic cult crimes during the course of 
my work, but, in spite of 28 years experience in law 
enforcement, I knew next to nothing about satanic cults, in 



fact, I didn't truly believe in their existence. Following my 
entrance into the McDonald case, I began to research this 
area, specifically that of satanic cult activity in the United 
States. 

During the past 1 1 years, I have had contact with 
literally hundreds of adult survivors of satanic cults. These 
people include former law enforcement officers and 
politicians, as well as lay people. 1 have talked with 
psychiatrists, psychologists and sociologists. I have 
developed confidential sources and informants who have 
had direct contact with cult members. I have received and 
gathered hard evidence from journalists who have written 
stories about the numerous "satanic murders" in America 
over the last 15 years. I have helped gather information for 
books such as Maury Terry's The Ultimate Evil, and Cults That 
Kill by Larry Kahaner. I have been a guest on numerous radio 
and television shows. Today, I am regarded as an expert in 
the area of satanic cult crime. 

I can state without hesitation, that there is, indeed, a 
national cult network-including satanic, witchcraft, pedophile 
and occultic groups-which is operating at full throttle within 
our society today. The activities of these groups (it is, in 
reality, one group which operates on many levels), include 
the kidnapping and molestation of children, as well as the 
torture and murder of human beings, Their favorite victims are 
children and newborn babies, the younger the better. 

The cult lives, indeed thrives on drug sales, 
pornography and prostitution. This cult network is largely 
responsible for the recent rash of "snuff 11 films, which are sold 
at high prices to people who crave this sick, degenerate 
material. Children kidnapped and literally "owned" by the cult 
are sold on the open market to the highest bidder. These 
children are taken right off the streets of our cities, and traded 
through a national pedophile network. 

This cult guards its secrets and controls its people 
primarily through the use of fear, They have an intricate 
system of reward and punishment. They also deal in 
disinformation and intimidation, blackmail and murder. 

My investigation has revealed that the satanic cult 
network has set up preschools across the country which they 



use as a source for kiddy-pornography and child prostitution. 
They have successfully infiltrated the public school system as 
well. 

One of the more bizarre and distasteful activities of the 
cult involves the use of satanic "breeders." What this means is 
that families literally breed children for the purposes of the 
ritual sacrifice of newborn babies, Other children raised in 
these multi-generational satanic families, are indoctrinated 
from birth in the mindset of the cultists. Most often, there is no 
birth record on children born into these families. Thus, when 
the children are murdered, there are no missing persons 
reports ever filed. Children bred for Satanic purposes, when 
they reach the proper age, are used in prostitution in order to 
connect cult members with politicians, law-enforcement 
officers, prosecutors and judges. The latter are then 
blackmailed. I have knowledge of certain jurisdictions in this 
country where cult members control entire judicial systems! 

The satanic network has infiltrated virtually every walk 
of life. I know of lawyers, doctors, politicians, educators-all of 
whom are actively involved in the satanic cult network. It may 
sound like fictioabut, unfortunately, it is all too real. 

In May of 1991, l was asked by the Nebraska 
Leadership Conference to come to Nebraska and investigate 
allegations of a national pedophile ring, as well as other illegal 
activities, all of which were the outgrowth of the Franklin 
Investigation. I spent considerable time in Lincoln and Omaha, 
going over the evidence-evidence which was overwhelming 
in its scope. My opinion, after evaluating the evidence, is that 
the activities taking place in Nebraska bear more than a 
striking similarity to the activities used by the satanic cult 
network which I have been describing. It was quite apparent to 
me that the true and complete facts of the case were not only 
not being presented-they were being covered up. 
Frighteningly, the heart of the cover-up stemmed from the 
media in Omaha itself. 

One of my recommendations to the Leadership 
Conference was to write a book which would provide the 
people of the state of Nebraska with the true, unbiased facts 
regarding this case. At the time, I didn't consider that I would 
wind up being involved in this book, but this Franklin case had 



such dramatic proportions, not to mention implications for the 
rest of the country, that I soon found myself immersed in the 
project. 

I can state without hesitation that every statement in 
this book is documented by hard evidence. Unlike some 
accounts, the information that has been gathered is neither 
spurious, nor based on mere emotionalism. It is ail cold, hard 
fact. And that, unfortunately, is what makes the Franklin case 
so shocking. 

in this book, you are simply being presented with 
facts, facts resulting from an intensive investigation of several 
months. I leave it to you the reader, to evaluate this 
information, and to arrive at your own conclusion. If this is 
done impartially, I have no doubt that you will realize there 
has, in fact, been a "Carefully Crafted Hoax." 


Ted L, Gunderson 



PREFACE 


This report is the product of the Nebraska Leadership 
Conference and is the result of several months of our own 
investigation and background research. The information it 
contains is all documented and is, for the most part, all a 
matter of public record. All information was available to law- 
enforcement agencies and the Attorney General's office. 
Additional information was drawn from articles in the Omaha 
World-Herald, the Lincoln Star, The Nebraska Observer, and 
the Omaha Metro Update. 

The account of the testimony that led to the Douglas 
County Grand Jury's indictment of Alisha Owen for perjury was 
taken, primarily, from an article that appeared in the 5-31-91 
edition of the_Nebraska Observer. The article was compiled 
from tapes made by Gary Caradori and Owen's grand jury 
testimony which was made available at the trial, as well as 
from sources close to her. 

The material on Paul Bonacci was taken from 
interviews conducted with Bonacci by a number of different 
individuals, including Gary Caradori. 

It should be noted that the purpose of giving the lurid, 
graphic details in these accounts is neither for shock nor 
sensationalism, but simply to document the gravity of the 
sexual abuse situation in Nebraska. It is also meant to alert 
unsuspecting parents to the manner in which the pedophile 
network lure and ensnare children into the hideous web of 
pain and bondage that is part and parcel of ritual child abuse. 

This report is by no means the final word on this subject. 
Much information was not included because of its sensitive 
nature. New information is coming to light almost daily. There 
will be future revisions and updatings of this report as well as 
books and reports by other authors. The legislature's Franklin 
Committee is due to issue their final report soon, which will give 
new insights on the subject of sexual child abuse. 


BE ON THE ALERT! 



INTRODUCTION 


Nov 4, 1988 - At 1:00 PM on a Friday afternoon, the Franklin 
Community Credit Union was closed by the FBI and the IRS. The 
closing was based upon information developed by an audit 
of Credit Union manager Larry King's personal tax returns. The 
IRS stated that they received 'Inside information," but would 
not reveal who blew the whistle on King, or why. The IRS had 
been investigating King since 1985 and the FBI since 1987. 

Shortly thereafter, reports began to circulate concerning 
pornography videotapes and photos which had been 
confiscated from the office of the Credit Union by the FBI. Then, 
in a trickle-which soon grew to a flood-other allegations 
began to arise. These allegations involved drugs, sexual 
misconduct, child abuse, pornography-even satanic 
activity. Names of prominent individuals in the Omaha 
community began to surface. The information alleged that 
pedophile activities, carried out by prominent citizens in the 
Omaha community were taking place. 

January IQ, 1989 - The Nebraska State Legislature constituted a 
special committee to look into the allegations. 

January 3Q, 199Q - Nebraska State Attorney General Robert 
Spire called for a grand jury to investigate allegations of what 
came to be known as the Franklin Case. 

February 6. 1990 - Former Lancaster County District Judge 
Samuel Van Pelt was appointed as special prosecutor for the 
Douglas County Grand Jury, which then officially convened on 
March 12, 1990. 

J uly 23 „ 199Q - After hearing many hours of testimony, the 
Grand Jury issued an unusual and unprecedented report, 
throwing out all of the allegations concerning sexual child 
abuse and labeling them a "carefully crafted hoax." Two of 
the victim/witnesses were indicted for perjury, on the basis of 



their testimony before the Grand Jury. Two other 
victim/witnesses, both of whom had previously given detailed 
accounts of involvement with known pedophiles in the area, 
recanted their testimony. 

Many residents of Omaha felt that the Grand Jury report 
was the closing of a very painful and turbulent chapter in the 
city's history. But the Franklin Case did not begin with the 
closing of the Credit Union in November of 1988. Nor did it end 
with the Grand Jury report in July of 1990. Many events 
transpired before and after these dates. These facts are the 
subject matter of this book, whose purpose is to unravel the 
truth behind the mystery of the "Carefully Crafted Hoax." 



LARRY KING AND THE FRANKLIN 
CREDIT UNION 


The Franklin Community Credit Union was 
incorporated on December 31, 1968 by a Franklin 
neighborhood group because of concerns about 
a lack of financial institutions in Northern Omaha. It 
was later to serve South Omaha neighborhoods 
through its branch office. In August 1970, Lawrence 
E. “Larry" King Jr. became the manager and 
principal executive of the credit union. A 
companion organization, Community Services 
Organization (CSO) was started in 1974 to teach 
clients about money management, to provide 
advocacy services, as well as to help people in 
financial crises. 

In July, 1976, Tom Harvey was hired to take over 
as accountant for the FCU. Harvey quickly 
discovered that Larry King was manipulating the 
FCU accounts for his own personal expenses. 
Harvey had a masters degree from UNL but was 
not a CPA. His major was in music and he is 
reputed to be an accomplished tenor. He had 
formerly been a teacher at Burke High School in 
Omaha. He had left there in 1972 under 
unspecified circumstances which were described 
as "less than ideal" (he was fired). Unfortunately, 
Harvey's decision was to cover up King's activities, 
rather than to report them to the authorities. He 
also began to cover some of his own personal 
expenses and the scheme to cover up the 
shortages began. 

By December of 1976, there was a total shortage 
of credit union funds in the amount of 


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approximately $400,000. Meanwhile, King was 
attracting community support for the credit union 
and adding many prominent individuals to the 
Board of Directors as well as to the FCU advisory 
board. Among the members on the advisory 
board were Harold Andersen, then publisher of the 
Omaha World Herald, as well as noted attorneys, 
bankers and executives of Con Agra, Union Pacific 
and North Western Bell. When asked, Harold 
Andersen stated that, as a member of the advisory 
board, he had never offered any advice to King 
or FCU. Andersen also stated that he had no idea 
what was going on at the credit union and didn't 
remember when he had initially been 
approached by Larry King to become involved in 
the FCU. 

And yet, in addition to serving on the advisory 
board, Andersen did commercials for FCU, raised 
money for the FCU, solicited business for FCU, and 
was lavish in showering public praise and 
endorsements on King and FCU. 

At the same time. King was becoming more 
active in community affairs. He was also becoming 
highly visible in State and National Republican 
affairs. In August of 1984, during the GOP 
convention. King flew an entourage to Dallas, to 
host a lavish party at the South Fork's Ranch, (site of 
the set for the "Dallas" TV show). At the GOP 
Convention King sang the National Anthem. 

King repeated this affair in August of 1988 , at 
which time he chartered three jets and flew his 
entourage to the New Orleans GOP Convention. 
There, King hosted a party at a cost of over 
$100,000. Again King opened the convention by 
singing the National Anthem. 

Although King had started in politics as a 
Democrat (he was once chairman of the Black 


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Democrats for George McGovern) he saw more 
opportunity in the Republican party. King 
eventually became a heavy financial contributor 
to Republican causes and later associated with the 
Republican National Committee. King was 
described by friends and cohorts as being 
"incredibly ambitious." Amongst his goals was to 
become the U.S .Ambassador to Jamaica. 


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STORM WARNINGS ARISE 


While the Credit Union was growing by leaps 
and bounds, and King seemed to be fulfilling both 
personal and political goals, some storm warnings 
began to appear on the horizon. While it would be 
several months before the storm broke, when it did, 
it would be totally devastating. 

In 1981, an anonymous letter was sent to the 
National Credit Union Association, detailing certain 
concerns about FCU. A limited on-site investigation 
was conducted, but revealed nothing. By this time, 
Harvey was operating two sets of books. 

However, ultimately, the IRS investigated Larry 
and his wife Alice’s tax returns for the years of 1982 
and 1983. King didn't even try to fight the charges 
against him. Ever the politician. King agreed to 
pay the IRS almost $72,000 in back taxes. He didn't 
seem the least bit bothered by the whole affair. On 
February 8, 1984, Edward Hobbs, a telier for five 
years at FCU wrote a memo to the Franklin board. 
In his memo, Hobbs alleged embezzlement and 
other improprieties at the credit union, Hobbs 
showed the memo to King. The following day, he 
was fired. Copies of the memo later were 
supplied to Attorney, and then State Legislator, 
Peter Hoagland, as well as to State Banking 
Director Roger Beverage. Beverage’s response 
to Hobbs was, "We've been watching Larry King 
for some time. We are aware of his living beyond 
his means. However, the department can't do 
anything, because we don't want to seem like the 
big bad white guy jumping on the tiny black credit 
union," 


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Was Larry King living beyond his means? His 
salary from the credit union was only about $17,000 
annually. However, King had numerous other 
business interests. These included: The Carnivale 
Restaurant, purchased in 1987 for $150,000; the 
Showcase Lounge, purchased for $52,000 in 1988; 
Al's Place, an employee cafeteria at the People's 
National Gas Company; AKASAKA, a restaurant 
owned by King and two partners; EJ's Continental 
Cafe; the food and beverage service for the 
Cleopatra Lounge; The King Company, (a 
catering company) and L&M Lawn Service. 

Despite his numerous businesses, King was not 
generating enough money to support his lavish 
lifestyle, which included a home in Washington 
D.C., another in Omaha, frequent vacations, 
apartments at various locations around Omaha, 
and lavish gifts for his intimate friends. 

Credit Union audits in 1982 and 1984 by an 
Omaha accountant revealed nothing. In 1986 the 
accountant was unable to complete the audit 
because he hadn't received complete records. 
In 1987 a Federal team criticized the FCU for its loan 
record keeping system. Attempts by the Omaha 
planning director to secure audits for 1986 and 1987 
(covering the $6.3 million loan portfolio Franklin 
administered for the city) were stonewalled by 
Tom Harvey citing computer problems. And then, 
suddenly, it happened; NCUA auditors were on- 
site, conducting an examination of Franklin's books, 
when it was closed by the FBI and the IRS. 

And with that— the house of cards which Larry King 
had built came tumbling down. 

Secret computer files were discovered. The 
losses began to mount. Soon, a small 
neighborhood credit union thought to have assets 
of approximately $2.1 million was found to have 


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liabilities of nearly $40 million! 

Where did the money go? Part of it was 
explained by the fact that the King's, indeed, lived 
like kings. They rented a house in Washington D.C. 
off of Embassy Row for a hefty $ 5,000 a month. 
Suites at the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel in 
California and Helmsley Palace in New York were 
used frequently. Mercedes, BMW's and stretch 
limos were always available to take King and his 
coterie to their various locales. Lavish parties, 
expensive gifts for his friends, were the order of the 
day. During the period from June, 1987 to October 
1988 King spent a whopping $4.6 million! 

According to NCUA general counsel Robert 
Fenner, a preliminary estimate of where the funds 
went is as follows; 

40%-personal spending by King 
16%-expenses for King's businesses 
18%-interest to CD holders 
6%--salaries at CSO 
and 20% unaccounted for ($8,000,000) 

According to one informant who had worked at 
Franklin, Larry King received several calls from 
Switzerland at Franklin. There were also reports of 
King taking money to Jamaica and Tom Harvey 
taking money and a lot of trips to Spain. 

Larry and Alice King's 1986 Form 1040 showed 
income of $122,642. The Kings filed an amended 
tax return for the same year showing income of 
$2,649,101 . Did Larry and Alice King actually declare 
all the money he was siphoning from Franklin as 
taxable income? If not, then where was the money 
coming from? His businesses were not even 
supporting themselves. What was the source of this 
great prosperity? 


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LARRY KING-THE DARK SIDE 


While Larry King was busy building his public 
image as a successful restaurant entrepreneur and 
civic minded maneger of a minority credit union, 
glimpses of another-a darker side-- began to 
emerge. Slowly at first, then with increasing speed 
and detail, a new image of Larry King began to 
come into focus. 

In the fall of 1985, a young boy ran away from the 
home of his adoptive parents, Jarrett and Barbara 
Webb. When the Washington County Sheriffs office 
was contacted by neighbors, the boy began to 
make allegations of physical abuse against the 
Webbs. 

The Webbs had been foster parents for a 
number of children over a period of time. Barbara 
Webb is a cousin of Larry King. Her husband Jarrett 
sat on the Board of Directors for the FCU. Strange 
coincidence? The evidence says no, 

Other complaints of abuse by other children in 
the Webb's home followed shortly thereafter. In 
December, Barbara Webb asked the Nebraska 
Department of Social Services to remove the boy, 
as well as his three sisters from their home. 

On January 2, 1986, the two eldest of the three 
sisters were placed in the foster home of Ron and 
Kathleen Sorensen. Over the next few weeks the 
girls began revealing stories of sexual and physical 
abuse by Jarrett Webb. The girls also stated they 
had seen pornographic videos and photos in the 
home. Although the oldest girl, Lisa passed a series 
of four lie detector tests administered by the 


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Nebraska State Patrol, Washington County attorney 
Pat Tripp did not believe the allegations! He 
refused to prosecute Webb. Later, however, Tripp's 
successor did file charges. On December 27, 1990, 
charges against Webb were dismissed by the 
judge. The judge's basis for rendering this decision 
was that the eldest of the sisters was three days 
older than the minimum age of consent! 

In March of 1986, the oldest girl, Lisa, began 
revealing details concerning prostitution and abuse 
by Barbara Webb's cousin Larry King. The girl also 
talked of going to parties in several cities around 
the country, to which they had been flown by King, 
along with several young boys from Boy's Town, 
Foster mother Kathleen Sorensen and her friend 
Kirstin Hallberg contacted another friend, Julie 
Walters, and asked her as a favor to interview the 
two girls. Walters was, at that time, a Boy's Town 
family teacher and assistant community director. 
Following the interview, Walters prepared a report 
for State Foster Care Review Board member, Carol 
Stitt. She also contacted the children's guardian ad 
litem Pat Flocken, and in addition wrote a report for 
Boy's Town head, Fr. Val Peter. Kirstin Hallberg then 
contacted a long time acquaintance in the 
Omaha Police Department, Sgt. Bill Skaleske, and 
gave him the information about the Webb children 
and Larry King. In April, 1986, they also gave the 
information to representatives of the Nebraska 
State Patrol and, again, to the Omaha Police 
Department. Over the next 2 years, several 
contacts would be made with representatives of 
OPD, NSP and the FBI. There were no apparent 
results. 

Then, on June 27, 1988, a 15-year old girl was 
admitted to Richard Young hospital and began 
telling the hospital staff stories about how she had 


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been picked up at the North Omaha Girl’s Club (an 
organization founded by Larry King) and had 
been transported to various locations where sexual 
abuse, drugs, pornography production, devil 
worship, homicides, and power meetings took 
place. The Omaha Police Department assigned 
officer Irl "Chris" Carmean to interview the girl, which 
he did on June 28th. Although Carmean 
considered the girl credible, she did not give him 
enough details about the locations for him to reach 
any conclusions. However, she had supplied 
Carmean with some of the names of those present 
at the 'power meetings'. Among them appeared 
the name of Larry King. In the next few days, she 
called officer Carmean with additional details. 
However, he never interviewed her again. 
Carmean was then taken off the case and 
assigned to another unit in September of 1988. On 
July 18, 1988, at an executive board meeting of the 
Foster Care Review Board, the decision was 
made to turn all the information they’d gathered on 
the Webb girls, as well as the 15-year old girl at 
Richard Young Hospital, over to Attorney General 
Robert Spire, as well as to the police. This was 
done over the next few days, by board member 
Dennis Carlson, who was also head of the 
Nebraska State Bar Association discipline division. 
On August 29, officer Carmean told Carlson he 
would be re-interviewing the girl, but he never did. 
Nothing of substance was done by any of the law 
enforcement agencies that had been alerted as 
to the details of the allegations. 

After a visit from State Senator Ernie Chambers, 
Attorney General Spire decided to turn the entire 
investigation over to the Nebraska State Patrol. On 
December 14, representatives of the FBI and the 
State Patrol contacted the Foster Care Review 


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Board, and began to question the children's 
reliability and credibility-even though one of them 
had passed four polygraph tests administered by 
the State Patrol! They also stated that child abuse 
issues are handled in the local area and thus were 
not a matter for the FBI. However, the FBI did, in 
fact, become deeply involved-and they stayed 
involved. Meanwhile, the credit union had closed 
and an employee stated that when it shut down, 
FBI agents immediately began asking questions 
regarding child pornography and drugs. 

They confiscated a porno movie containing 
"local children." One person overheard one of 
King’s employees say, "We'll probably both end 
up in Leavenworth." 

They asked, additionally, about the lifestyle of 
Larry King. They could have asked almost 
anybody walking the streets of Omaha, for, by this 
time, the lavish homosexual lifestyle of King had 
become common community knowledge. His 
name would continue to be mentioned by many 
victim/witnesses. Also, the allegations made by the 
Webb girls, as well as the 15-year old patient at 
Richard Young Hospital would ultimately be 
corroborated, even expanded upon, by 
numerous children who also claimed to be victims 
of King and others. 

Who is the real Larry King? To some, he is a man 
involved in child pornography, narcotics, Satan 
worship, sexual abuse, and homosexual 
pedophilia. He is a man apparently influential 
enough to engineer a cover up of his activities. 
However, despite this, certain community 
members insisted upon portraying King as simply a 
civic minded young executive. 

Immediately following the closing of Franklin, 
King received several glowing public testimonials 



from such people as Ken Power of U.S.West 
Communications, Lynn Ziegenbein, Executive 
Secretary of the Kiewit Foundation and World- 
Herald Publisher, Harold Andersen. What was the 
connection? Why was Harold Andersen, an elderly 
white, conservative, publisher of the largest 
newspaper in the state, attracted to a 
young, black, homosexual, high-living, free 
spending, partying executive of a small credit 
union? Why indeed? And the mystery continued to 
deepen. 



THE STATE LEGISLATURE S 
FRANKLIN COMMITTEE 


On December 25, 1988, the State Foster Care 
Review Board turned over their file containing 
reports of sexual abuse victims to the Executive 
Board of the Nebraska Legislature. On January 10, 
1989, the Franklin Committee was created by LBS 
with Senator Loran Schmit of Beliwood, 
designated as chairman and Senator Ernie 
Chambers of Omaha as vice-chairman. After hiring 
attorney Kirk Naylor as general counsel and Lincoln 
Police Officer Jerry Lowe as investigator, the 
committee's investigation began. On January 13, 
the legislature passed a second resolution, seeking 
a broader investigation into the entire matter. The 
seven member committee was to look at the 
physical and sexual abuse allegations of foster 
and adoptive children, as well as at the financial 
affairs of the failed credit union. The committee had 
its work cut out for it. Law enforcement agencies 
with some notable exceptions, formed, an 
adversarial relationship with the committee from the 
beginning. The tone was set by Attorney General 
Robert Spire. All the flow of information and 
cooperation seemed to be one-way. Following 
contacts by the FBI and NSP, the oldest Webb girl, 
Lisa vindicated that she was unwilling to testify. In 
February of 1989, OPD chief, Robert Wadman, and 
his good friend Omaha FBI head, Nicolas O'Hara, 
said they "have been unsuccessful in efforts to find 
evidence of Franklin related child abuse." Stories of 
child abuse don't stand up to our scrutiny." On June 
22, in testifying before the Committee, officer 'Chris' 



Carmean stated that the witnesses were credible. 
However, in July, the FBI's O'Hara claimed again 
that there were "no credible witnesses." 

On July 1, in an addendum to the Franklin 
Committee's interim report, committee chairman 
Loran Schmit stated that his intent was to"follow the 
money," "Find where the money went, and you will 
find hanging on the limbs of these expenditures the 
individuals involved and the improprieties involved, 
if any." Schmit's statement was interpreted as an 
abandonment of the children and created a 
firestorm of reaction. Within two weeks, as a result of 
the "money trail," statement, Senator Ernie 
Chambers resigned from the committee (he had 
also resigned from the Commonwealth 
Committee on March 4, of 1984.) Committee 
Counsel Kirk Nayior and his investigator Jerry Lowe 
also resigned. Kirstin Hallberg, an early informant, as 
well as others, refused to cooperate any further with 
the investigation. A few days later. Senator James 
McFarland resigned from the committee. It 
seemed that the investigation was dead in the 
water. Criticism from the Omaha World-Herald 
seemed to signal the end of the committee. But 
after much soul searching, the remaining members 
decided that they could not, in good conscience, 
abandon the children, so they purposed to forge 
ahead. John Stevens Berry was retained as the 
committee's new counsel. The following month, 
Lincoln private investigator Gary Caradori was 
hired as the committee's new chief investigator. 
However on October 4, another blow fell. Kathleen 
Sorensen was killed in a tragic automobile 
accident. Sorensen had cared for many abused 
children and her death was a grievous blow to her 
family and friends. Then, the investigation took a 
new turn when Caradori found Alisha Owen at the 



Women's Center at York, where she was serving a 
sentence for writing bad checks. With a new 
counsel and a new investigator, the committee's 
investigation took on a new life. New 
victim/witnesses were being discovered by 
Caradori, who had been acknowledged as one 
of the top five private investigators in the country. 
Caradori had taken the search for the witnesses to 
the streets, it was through talking with the street kids 
that he found out about Alisha Owen, who would 
turn out to be a key witness in the case. 

When Caradori first visited Owen on October 30, 
she was reluctant to talk with him. She said she'd 
need time to think it over. Following her 
conversation with Caradori, Owen went to the 
prison psychiatrist and told him her story. The 
psychiatrist, in turn, told warden Larry Wayne, who 
then went back to Alisha and she was concerned 
about her status as a victim/witness becoming well 
known. She confessed that she was frightened- 
frightened for her very life. 

By the following week, Owen decided to tell her 
story. She put Caradori in touch with a youngster 
named Troy Boner, as well as Boner's friend, 
Danny King. Within the month of November, 
Caradori interviewed each of the three youth's 
separately. His interviews produced 21 hours of 
sworn, videotaped testimony. On the videotapes, 
the teenagers went into great detail about their 
involvement with prominent people in the Omaha 
community who had abused them. This abuse had 
taken place over a period of more than a year, 
starting in August of 1983. Although their stories didn't 
match in every single detail (they were 
reconstructing incidents that had taken place six 
years earlier), there was a consistent commonality 
to the stories they told (discrepancies among 



witnesses is not uncommon in any situation where 
people are called on to remember precise 
details). The testimonies went into great detail 
about the sexual activities of the teenagers. And 
among the names that came up in all three 
youth's accounts was the name of Larry King. 

Although the tapes were supposed to be kept 
confidential, details of their contents began to crop 
up around Omaha and in other parts of the state. 
Committee Members were perplexed about the 
source of the information leaks. The videotaped 
testimony of the victim/witnesses had been 
released to Nebraska Attorney General Spire and 
U.S. Attorney Ron Lahners, as well as to the FBI. This 
was especially frustrating to the Committee, since 
there had been no leaks of evidence while the 
committee was in control of the evidence. It was 
only after it was turned over to various law 
enforcement agencies that the leaks began to 
occur. One reporter for WOW TV in Omaha said the 
tapes which they had used had been leaked to 
them by the FBI. 

On January 18, 1990, local attorney and former 
State Senator John DeCamp mailed what came 
to be known as "the DeCamp memo" to the news 
media. It was not intended for public circulation, but 
had, rather, been written in response to a request 
by World-Herald reporter Robert Dorr. In the 
memo DeCamp named five prominent 
Omahans: Omaha World-Herald publisher, Fiaroid 
Andersen; Larry King; former OPD chief, Robert 
Wadman; Peter Citron (a columnist for the World 
Herald); and Alan Baer, heir of the Brandeis fortune. 
All of these people, DeCamp said, were central 
figures in the Franklin investigation. Since DeCamp 
had been a longtime friend of Senator Schmit, he 
was accused of getting his information from Schmit. 



But both Schmit and DeCamp have repeatedly 
denied this allegation. DeCamp told Robert Dorr in 
his memo that his sources were available to 
anyone who wanted to get the information. 
DeCamp said his information was, in fact, common 
knowledge on the streets and in the barber shops 
and restaurants around Omaha. The memo was 
eventually leaked to Denny Henson, a candidate 
in the 4th District legislative race, who mailed out 
10,000 copies in his district, But DeCamp continues to 
deny he leaked the memo to Henson, or anyone 
else. 

The furor over the DeCamp memo prompted 
Attorney General Spire to call for a Grand Jury on 
January 30. On February 6, former Lancaster 
County District Judge Samuel Van Pelt was 
appointed special prosecutor for the Douglas 
County Grand Jury. Van Pelt had been the special 
prosecutor in inquiring into the shooting death of 
Arthur Kirk, a Nebraska farmer who had been killed 
by a SWAT team while allegedly resisting the bank's 
foreclosure on his farm. His report, issued in 1985, 
absolved the authorities of all blame. Senator Ernie 
Chambers, who had opposed calling a grand 
jury, questioned Van Pelt's history and qualifications 
(he was concerned about a cover up). 
Nonetheless, the grand jury was convened on 
March 12. The Franklin Committee shared its 
evidence with special prosecutor Van Pelt on 
March 16 and on March 19 the grand jury began 
hearing evidence. 

Some committee members questioned the 
wisdom of sharing all their evidence, based on 
past experience with different law-enforcement 
agencies, but the majority felt that they should work 
within the system and turn over everything they had. 
It was a decision they would later come to regret. 



ALISHA OWEN: PORTRAIT OF A VICTIM 


Alisha Jahn Owen met Jeff Hubbefl from Boy's 
Town on a Thursday night in August of 1983. The 
occasion was the Sprite Night dance at Peony 
Park. The two teenagers danced and kissed. 
Hubbeil said there was a party the following night 
that Owen should attend. Owen agreed to do so. 

The next night, Owen was picked up by a 6‘3" 
muscular black man known only as 'Larry the Kid'. 
Sources later confirmed that 'Larry the Kid' was an 
enforcer as well as a lover of Larry King. They 
drove around until at 9:30, Owen, Hubbeil and 'Larry 
the Kid' arrived at the Twin Towers apartments in 
Omaha. 

The youths were admitted by the security guard 
and went upstairs to an apartment Owen said she 
thought was occupied by Alfred " Alfie" Allen. The 
apartment was located one or two floors below a 
penthouse Owen stated, she believed, belonged 
to Larry King. At the party, Owen spotted Harold 
Andersen, and Robert Wadman, Larry King and 
Alan Baer, among others. The primary occupants 
of the room were teenagers, approximately 20 in 
number. One of these was a black girl named 
Lisa. Owen didn't know, at the time, any of the 
prominent men except by their first names or nick 
names. She was only to find out later who they 
were in the community. Owen recalled the event 
as a big party with "lots of dope,' 1 primarily 
cocaine, it tasted bitter, There were also kiddie- 
porn movies on the television set with the sound 
turned off. 

Owen stated that when she first met Police Chief 



Robert Wadman, she was a virgin. There was no 
sex in the party room but men left with young boys, 
disappearing into the bedrooms. Owen states that 
she saw Harold Andersen and a boy of 14 or 15 go 
into one of the bedrooms. There was also 
something called the "50 1 game" being played; 
unbuttoning some ones 501 jeans with their toes. 
Owen stated that she saw cocaine on a table. 
She saw Alan Baer use it. Wadman was present 
when Baer used it. 

At the party, Wadman approached Owen. He 
told her that he liked her. He asked her to spend 
the night with him, but, on this occasion she refused. 
She didn't see Wadman or Andersen using drugs. 
Owen left the party and arrived" home by 1 :30 a.m. 

Another party took place on August 31, at the 
same location. Present were "Alfie" Allen, Larry 
King, Alan Baer, Robert Wadman and later on 
Harold Andersen. On this occasion Owen arrived 
at around 8:30. At that hour, nobody was there but 
"Alfie" so they left and went to the Spaghetti Works 
for dinner. 'Alfie' signed for the check. After this they 
returned to the apartment. By this time, about 30 
people were there. Amongst the party goers were 
the owners of the French Cafe. Later Sheila, whom 
Alisha believed to be a manager of the French 
Cafe, came to discuss a problem with the cafe 
owners and left shortly. 

At this party, Owen got drunk on champagne 
and began to play the 501 game. Wadman was 
watching and asked Owen if she could unzip his 
pants with her teeth. Owen laughed and said of 
course she could, She was embarrassed, but the 
people around were cheering her on, so she did 
it. Later, Wadman asked Jeff if Owen was a virgin. 
Then Wadman asked Owen to sit in his lap, He 
began to play with her breasts and thighs, while 



giving her sips of cognac. Meanwhile, Alan Baer 
and Troy Boner were engaging in an unidentified 
activity in the corner. Baer grabbed Troy, while 
someone took photos. On this night, all of the 
adults left early. That night she had sex with Troy 
Boner. No pregnancy protection was used, she 
recalls, because she was "just a kid." 

Owen stayed away from the parties after this, at 
least for awhile. Later, Boner, called her and 
asked why she hadn't been attending the parties 
since no invitation was needed. Owen liked Boner 
and she decided she'd go to more parties. She 
began to lie, telling her parents she was going to 
football games. 

At the next party, the guests included Boner, 
"Alfie" Allen, Jeff Hubbell, Larry King, Harold 
Andersen, and Robert Wadman. Wadman started 
fixing champagne for her. Owen was wearing a 
leather jumpsuit she had bought for Homecoming 
and which, she recalls, was about “ten years too 
old” for her. Wadman began to unbutton the 
jumpsuit. Owen asked him to stop. Wadman twisted 
her arm, glared at her and asked her where her 
parents thought she was. Owen was terrified, and 
let Wadman finish unbuttoning her top. He pinched 
her breasts, all the while talking to her. Wadman 
also threatened Owen by telling her that he knew 
she wasn't a virgin (she'd had sex with Boner) and 
asked what her parents would do if they found out. 
After this, Wadman forced her to perform fellatio on 
him. Owen was frightened, but he forced her 
anyway. Afterwards, Wadman's personality 
changed. He held Owen on his lap, while she 
cried. He told her he was a policeman and he'd 
never let anyone hurt her. He also told her she 
should go shopping on Monday at Brandies and 
pick out a dress for herself, no matter what the 



price. He told Owen to meet him for lunch on the 
following Wednesday and that he would pick her 
up at the bus stop at 20th and Dodge. 

On the afternoon of September 2 b Wadman 
picked Owen up at Central High school. He 
arrived in a brown K-car with no radio or police 
lights. The French Cafe, closed after lunch at 2:00 
p.m., but when they arrived the bartender was still 
there. Sheila let them in the door and they had a 
champagne lunch together. After this, Wadman 
took Owen down in the basement to "see the wine 
cellar." 

Down in the basement, Wadman told Owen 
how pretty her skin was. He asked her to model the 
new dress for him. Owen started to look around for 
a room to change in, but Wadman said, "do it right 
here. You don't have to be ashamed in front of 
me. you have a beautiful body." So Owen got 
undressed, Then she put on the new dress. Again, 
Wadman made remarks about her "beautiful skin" 
and told her she'd be prettier without the dress. He 
pulled the dress up around her hips. Owen started 
to cry. Wadman began to masturbate. When he 
climaxed, Owen jumped back. Wadman was 
furious. He grabbed her hair and said, "When 1 tell 
you to sit, you sit! Don’t ever do that again!" 

After this, Owen recalled, Wadman was in a big 
hurry to leave. Owen changed out of her new 
dress and quickly followed him up the steps and 
out a back door. He left her to walk back to the bus 
stop alone. 

After this incident, Owen met Wadman almost 
every Wednesday for "lunch." Sometimes he 
picked her up. On other occasions 'Larry the Kid' 
picked her up. If 'Larry the Kid' picked her up she 
was taken to a motel, where an unknown man-a 
different one on each occasion-would be waiting 


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for her in the room. Sometimes they went to the 
Starlite Motel in Council Bluffs (across the state line). 
On other occasions they went to the Holiday Motel 
in Bellevue. Another motel was the Quality Inn. At 
each of these lodgings, Owen would have sex with 
strange men. On one occasion it was a man she 
was later to identify as Theodore Carlson, a District 
Court Judge. 

On a Saturday afternoon in October, 1983, there 
was a party at the French Cafe hosted by Larry 
King. Approximately 30 people were present, 
including some couples and teenagers, and the 
Evans brothers from Boys Town. One of these was 
named O' Dell, Neither Boner nor Danny King 
were at this party. 'Larry the Kid' told Owen that 
there was someone downstairs who wanted to 
meet her and that she had better like him. Owen 
was, by this time, terrified of 'Larry the Kid 1 whom she 
knew from previous experience coufd be 
extremely brutal, so she agreed. Owen drank a 
glass of champagne before she went. In the 
basement was the judge, whom Owen described 
in detail: "S' 10", late 40's, dark hair, not in good 
physical condition, Owen said he had slanted 
eyes with heavy lids and jowls. He wasn't wearing 
glasses at the time but she saw indent marks on his 
face. The man asked Owen if she was a virgin and 
she said yes. He said she really wasn't his type, but 
said she had a pretty mouth. 

He told her to perform oral sex on him. Owen 
performed. No money was offered, and none 
was asked for. The man was standing, leaning on 
a table. Owen was crouched. She cried, and 
vomited afterwards, and then was taken home, 
Owen thinks she recalls the man saying "thank you," 

Owen saw the same man again in January or 
February, She was taken to the Starlite Motel by 


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Larry the Kid. The same man was waiting for her in 
the room. He was not wearing a suit this time, but 
dressed casually, "He kept saying I wasn't really his 
type but that he liked my mouth" Owen recalled. 
Owen thought that the man preferred boys. This 
time the man sodomized Owen. He was 50 
pounds overweight with "bird legs" as she recalls. 
He kept using some boys name saying, "do it like 

Owen remembers having sex with one or two 
other men besides Wadman and the judge during 
the fail of 1984. Both of these incidents occurred at 
the Starlite Motel. One man she recalls only as 
being "short with red hair." 

By September of 1984, Owen was pregnant. She 
believes Robert Wadman is the father. Wadman 
wanted Owen to get an abortion, but she refused. 
They stopped meeting. 

On May 31 , 1985, Owen gave birth to a baby girl 
whom she named Amanda Jayne Owen. Alisha 
was 15 years old at the time. 

Soon after her birth, they discovered the baby 
had some special medical problems, Alisha and 
her mother, Donna Owen sought heip from the 
Nebraska Department of Social Services. While 
filling out the application, Alisha was asked to give 
the name of the father. She refused. The Social 
Worker told her if they didn't have a name, she 
couldn't get the help, in desperation she put down 
the name of a school friend, Mark Burkhart, Though 
they had never been intimate, she felt he would be 
understanding and supportive, if questioned. 

Although Owen's relationship with Wadman had 
stopped, her relationship with Boner had 
continued, and at one point they were being sent 
to different cities (particularly Los Angeles) where 
they fulfilled sexual assignments and transported 


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drugs. 

Both Owen and Boner stated that drugs were 
brought from California for Alan Baer on their return 
trips. It was a fast life, but it was also a hard one. 
There were accounts of severe beatings and 
sexual abuse of Owen by the men whom Baer 
and King had set up to have sex with her. But there 
was the excitement of travel and drugs to deaden 
the fear and pain. And there was money-lots of 
money. Owen would simply write checks and the 
money would always be in the bank. If there was 
an overdraft, it was always made good, 
somehow, by someone. 

Late in the relationship Owen and Boner were 
living together. By this time, Boner had developed 
a very expensive drug habit and instead of 
depositing the money he received from Baer in 
their account, he spent it on drugs. Checks began 
to bounce. The pressure began to mount. Owen 
thought many times of getting out. She'd been 
raised in a Christian home, and had gone to 
church. She'd even used church functions as an 
alibi to attend the parties. Now, her conscience 
was bothering her and she knew she had to get 
her life straightened out. Not only for her sake, but 
for the sake of her daughter. But how? How 
indeed?! She knew the threats of physical harm, if 
she talked, were not simply idle. Baer's and King's 
"enforcers" would carry them out with gusto. The 
situation seemed hopeless. In late fall of 1988 Owen 
admitted herseif to the psychiatric unit of St. 
Joseph's Hospital in Omaha. 

While she was in the hospital, she met Mike 
Casey, a wouid-be journalist, who was drying out 
from about with alcoholism. Prosecutors were later 
to make much of this chance meeting in the 
assembling of their "hoax" theory. But there is no 


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evidence that Owen told Casey anything about 
her involvement with the pedophiles, especially 
with Wadman. She was too frightened! 

During her stay in the hospitai,Owen received an 
invitation from Boner to go to California to live. They 
were getting too oid for the pedophiles tastes and 
this would be an opportunity to get a fresh start. 
Boner asked her to make a budget for their trip 
and she did, including enough extra so that she 
could get a plane ticket to escape on her own. 
One night Boner arrived at the hospital and said 
they were ready to go. He had received the car 
and money from Baer, and now was the time. 
Owen refused to go. She had decided to stay and 
work it out rather than running. Boner's parting words 
to Owen were "Alright, if you're not going, you're 
gonna burn!" He left, furious. Once more, Boner 
had betrayed her. It was not to be the last time. 

In June, Owen was arrested for writing bad 
checks. She had a public defender who advised 
her to plead “no contest" and she was convicted 
and sent to the Women's Center at York to begin 
serving her sentence. She and Casey wrote two or 
three letters while she was in prison, but she never 
claimed to him that Wadman had fathered her 
child; nor that she had seen, or been victimized by, 
sexual abuse from others. She took her secret to jail 
and kept it there until Gary Caradori found her. 


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TROY BONER AND DANNY KING: 
PROFILES OF TWO MALE HUSTLERS 


Not much is known about Troy Boner and Danny 
King, prior to the time they became involved with 
Alan Baer and Larry King (no relation to Danny), 
Both were street wise kids, interested in easy 
money, drugs and alcohol. Boner had been the 
product of a broken home with an absentee 
father. 

Boner was introduced to Alan Baer in early 
August of 1983, by Boner's friend Rod Byer. He was 
taken to Baer's Twin Towers apartment (room #201) 
where he said he performed oral sex on Baer for 
the sum of $200. 

Participation in the sex and drug parties followec 
on a regular basis. Most of the parties were alsc 
attended by photographers who took pictures 
and made videos of much of the sexual activity. 

Between the parties, Boner was meeting Ala r 
Baer on a regular weekly basis for oral and late' 
anal sex. They met at Baer's Twin Towe” 
apartment. Sometimes Baer would call Boner tc 
set up the appointments; sometimes Boner wouic 
call Baer. Sometimes Baer's longtime secretary 
Claire Howard, would call and schedule the 
meeting. 

In his sworn videotaped testimony to Gar. 
Caradori, he was sometimes unsure of dates anc 
his account of certain events differed from Alishc 
Owen's by a year of two in some cases. Othe* 
testimony would indicate her recollection of the 
dates was more accurate. But the difference; 


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were in details, not in substance. 

Boner talked with his younger friend, Danny King, 
regarding Boner's newfound wealth. (Boner, who 
describes himself as a "confident heterosexual", 
has always said the only reason he got involved 
with the pedophiles was for money.) Boner took 
King to Alan Baer's apartment at Twin Towers and 
waited for him, King was later to say that it was Baer 
that introduced him to cocaine in January of 1984. 

In February of 1984, Baer asked Danny King to 
take a trip with him to Des Moines. King did, and 
they were accompanied by a 13 year old named 
Shawn. King received S200 for sexual favors on the 
trip, in April of 1984 Danny met Larry King at Baer's 
apartment. Danny was to continue the relationship 
with Baer and King, and also to be flown on trips to 
other cities with Boner, Owen and other children for 
wild sex and drug parties. 

in his sworn testimony to Caradori, Boner told of 
meeting Larry King at The Max, a local bar. He 
detailed how King took him to the Red Lion Inn, 
where he performed oral sex on King. For the next 
two weeks. King and Boner would meet almost 
daily. Boner received $50 each time. 

In September and October, King moved Boner 
to the Travel Lodge on 48th and Dodge. Boner 
received $800 spending money for the 3 weeks he 
was there. 

In November, King rented Boner an apartment 
at 301 N. 34th Street in Omaha. His landlord was 
named Mrs. Tice. Boner saw King weekly for oral 
and anal sex at the apartment. One time. King 
brought a young eighth grade boy by the name 
of Scott with him for sex at the apartment. 

Boner also told of going to parties with Larry King 
at the Brandeis building, where alcohol and 
cocaine were abundant. Boner also recalled a 


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particular party at the Woodman Tower ballroom. 
Larry King took Boner and Danny King to an office 
seven or eight floors down, and forced them to 
have sex with each other. Meanwhile, he played 
"Burnout" a disgusting, sadistic game played by 
placing a lighted cigarette between two people 
having sex. Usually the cigarette was placed in 
the abdominal or genital area. The one who 
recoils from the pain and withdraws first is the loser. 
A photographer who worked for King and lived in 
one of his rented apartments took pictures of the 
game. 

In their combined total of approximately 14 
hours of videotaped testimony to Caradori, there 
were many other hideous, degrading and immoral 
incidents described. We will forego mentioning 
these incidents, and thus spare you, our good 
readers. 

As the youths grew older their sexual 
attractiveness to the pedophiles decreased. They 
gradually became less and less involved. Boner 
had developed a severe drug addiction by this 
time. Later he was to enroll in a methadone 
program. 

Following their interview with Caradori (which 
took place at the Residence Inn in Lincoln on 
November 25), Caradori made arrangements for 
the boys' safety. They feared for their lives, anc 
rightly so. They were dealing with sick people. The 
members of the Franklin Committee were also very 
concerned about protecting the boys frorr 
retaliation. 

Boner and King engaged Lincoln Attorney 
Pamela Vuchetich as legal counsel and there 
followed several weeks of moving around tc 
avoid being found. At one point, they lived on the 
east coast. In the meanwhile, the hope was the* 


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law enforcement would apprehend the 
perpetrators and they would be safe. But law 
enforcement never did. 

On March 30, 1990, Lincoln Star and later the 
World-Herald reported that two male victim/ 
witnesses had flunked the FBI lie detector tests. But 
no tests had ever been done! And no tests have 
been done to this day!! By the FBI or anyone else!! 
An “interesting pattern" of media coverage was 
beginning to develop. 

On April 18, Boner and King were said to have 
recanted their abuse stories. Following Caradori's 
fatal plane crash. Boner would try to “recant his 
recantation," 

On April 22, a World-Herald article on Mike Casey 
brought out the word "hoax" for the first time. A seed 
had been planted, which was to be much 
watered and which would grow to bear strange 
fruit. 


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PAUL BONACCI: ABUSE SURVIVOR 


Paul Anthony Bonacci was born on August 3, 1967 
to Marilyn May and John Angelo Bonacci. The 
father was of Italian decent. Bonacci's parents 
were divorced while he was but a baby. His father 
never claimed him until he was almost 19. 
Bonacci's mother remarried, but it didn't last long. 
She divorced soon afterwards because of 
physical abuse by her new husband. She then 
married Jack McCoy, who treated her with love, 
honor and respect. Paul loved his new stepfather, 
but was, mysteriously, never able to tell him. 
Bonacci remembers when he was four years old 
and his mother would go to work. He would try to 
follow her to the bus stop. Bonacci recalled a 
couple up the street who gave him cookies. "A 
weird guy lived close to us who would take me 
home, too, but he started to harm me," Bonacci 
recalled. Down in the "weird neighbor's" 
basement Bonacci saw a wooden altar. Then 
Bonacci recalled a hideous, but vivid memory. 
"He had this little boy that was down there. He was 
probably about 2 years old, and I was about 4. He 
made me have sex with the boy. And as I was 
doing it, he started cutting the boy. He was telling 
me that he was putting the boy’s spirit in me and 
then afterwards he told me that the boy wasn’t 
really hurt, and that it was all just a game. That’s how 
Alec was formed because Alec is only about two 
years old and he doesn't talk or speak. He’s c 
baby person. He kind of represents the boy that 
was killed." 

When Paul speaks of Alec, he is describing only 


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one of many "personalities" that live inside him. 
Paul Bonacci has been diagnosed as having 
multiple personality disorder. (More on this subject 
later on.) 

Paul continued to recall the horrible tale: "He 
took the boy's skin off and then put it on me. That's 
why 1 want to take five or six showers per day. I'm 
washing my hands but I can't get the blood off. I 
always see it. It's right there! " 

When Bonacci was 5 , he was molested by a 
baby sitter. When he was 6 he had a friend named 
Jeremy (a pseudonym) who was 13. Jeremy took 
Bonacci to his fort where they played a game 
called "truth or dare 1 (just like in the new Madonna 
movie). One thing led to another and they ended 
up performing fellatio on each other. At age 7 , 
Jeremy introduced Bonacci to anal sex. Bonacci 
was small and Jeremy protected him from other 
boys, so Bonacci considered him like a big 
brother. Jeremy told Bonacci not to tell anyone, 
and he didn’t-not for a long time. He did finally 
ask his best friends mother about it, but she said it 
was normal and not to worry about it. 

In the latter part of 1975, when he was 8, Bonacci 
started going with a friend after school to Sacred 
Heart Church. He recalls, "Even though I was not a 
Catholic, my friend introduced me to the priest. My 
friend only called him "Father." 

In February of 1976, Bonacci went to the church 
around Valentines' Day. "The priest took me into a 
room where he began to play with me and said I 
was very pretty for a little boy . He kissed me on my 
cheeks and lips and told me it was a blessing to 
have a priest kiss you. He told me to come back 
the next day and he'd show me something real 
nice." 

"The next day I came back and again he took 


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mo into the room. As far as I could tell, he and 1 
were the only ones in the church. He had a 
collection of football cards which he said his father 
had given him as a kid. Most of the cards were real 
old. While I looked at them, he came up behind 
my chair and put his arms around me. He then 
started undoing my pants. At first I told him not to do 
that. He told me I would go to hell if he didn't touch 
me and bless my whole body. I was scared and 
couldn’t say anything. He picked me up out of the 
chair and began to pull down my pants and my 
underwear. He then laid me on this table and 
began to fondle my little penis. Then he kissed and 
licked my penis, saying he was blessing me. 1 left 
when he finally let me go. I asked my friend if the 
priest ever did that to him, He told me the priest did 
it to him 10 times and that, * it’s his way of blessing 
you!" 

"I was again molested by this priest who did the 
same thing to me on at least two dozen different 
meetings. This is the main reason for my dislike of 
the Catholic church. I have been sexually 
molested by at least 10 other fathers or brothers in 
the Catholic Church." 

"About July 4 of 1976, 1 met a man named Waiter 
Carison, while in Hanscom Park in Omaha. My 
family was having a picnic or reunion. 1 was by 
myself near the tires when he and two boys came 
over and began talking to me and asking 
questions. We played for awhile and when he got 
ready to leave, he asked me if I'd like to come to 
his house sometime and play with his nephews. I 
said yes. I gave him my address and phone 
number." 

"When I first went over, I played games with other 
boys who were there. This went on for several 
weeks,. All we‘d do is play games or watch 


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cartoons. Some of the boys were sexual with each 
other and with me, which didn't bother me since 
we were all kids. 

"After awhile he started showing regular movies 
to us. Then the movies started having men and 
women engaging in sexual activity. Within six 
months, it was movies with adult men and boys 
engaging in sex. It was then that Carlson began 
touching me, at first on the outside of my clothes, 
then he undid my pants and fondled me and put 
his mouth on my penis! He also had me perform 
oral sex on him. He had us performing anal sex on 
one another while he watched or took photos of 
us." 

Bonacci’s recollections continue "it was through 
Walter Carlson I met about two dozen other adult 
men, many of whom I knew by first names although 
some only by nicknames. Carlson also asked me 
to perform sexual acts with other boys and men for 
several men, who filmed the sex and sold the 
photos as kiddie porn." 

"I honestly never learned the last names of 
almost all the boys I was with. Most of them were 
older than me and had been involved for several 
years more than me. Carlson and several men 
referred to us as pets and used us any way they 
wanted to use us, I had oral sex with four men 
whose names were Todd, Albert, Joe and also a 
guy named Tank. 

"In 1977, 1 met most of the men at parties either at 
the Carlson's home or at Joe Burke's house. 
(Bonacci had met Burke in December of 1976. He 
didn't like him because "he tried to get me to do 
disgusting things with him and others." In early 1977 
he met Kent Bruner.) 

"I had been forced to have oral sex with adult 
men including Carlson almost every week. There 


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was a man whose name was Anderson who is not 
the Harry Andersen whom I also met at Carlson’s 
home in 1978. I only had oral sex with that Anderson 
one time, unlike Harry Andersen. 

"I traveled with Walter Carlson and several boys 
to Adventure Land in Des Moines in the summers of 
1977, 1978 and 1981. In 1979 and 1980 I went with him 
to Worlds Of Fun in Kansas City. Mr. Carlson was a 
pro and knew how to keep everyone quiet without 
a lot of threats." 

"In 1979, 1 started going around with Carlson and 
the men connected with him much less and hung 
out on The Milk Run and around the old Diamond 
Bar and the Stagedoor and the Cave (all bars). 
About the only reason I went to Carlson's was to 
take part in parties or in kiddie porn movies which 
were filmed at several different places." 

"Over the next few years I went out with Carlson 
less and less and then he vanished altogether for 
awhile. I have seen him since then at the 
Leavenworth Cafe in September or October of 
1989, though I didn't say anything to him. He's out 
now running around looking for more young boys 
to molest. He was with one the last time I saw him." 

It's noteworthy to point out here that Walter 
Carlson and Joe Burke were among 13 men 
arrested In Omaha in connection with a large 
pornography/pedophile case. Joe Burke had a 
library of 2,000 videos and 10,0000 photos which 
were confiscated. Convicted in December of 1985, 
Carlson was paroled in February of 1989. This was 
referred to in a 12-20-85 article in the Omaha World- 
Herald. The following article appeared in the 
July 19, 1991 edition of the Omaha World-Herald 
and is reprinted in it's entirety. It refers to the place 
Bonnaci had referred to as "The Milk Run, "(We draw 
your attention to examples of Editorial bias in the 


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body of the article. The highlighting is ours.) 

"SIDEWALK DEALS EMERGE IN EVENING AS 
YOUNG MALE HUSTLERS MOVE IN" 

by Jeff Gauger and Dunstan Prial 

By day, the 18th and Jackson Streets 
neighborhood is the workday home of 
hundreds of government employees, merchants 
and other prof essionals . Late each afternoon 
the office workers stream home in their 
cars and a new population emerges. 

Young male hustlers line the sidewalks. 
Cars stop. Deals are made. Customers and 
prostitutes drive off together, to return 
an hour or so later. They part company. The 
hustling starts again. 

"They are definitely promiscuously 
trolling because of the clothes they have 
on," said John H. Lichty Jr., a Douglas 
County employee who works at 17th and 
Jackson. "My experience tells me that most 
of these people are what I would classify 
as teenagers," 

The strip of Jackson Street between 16th 
and 18th Streets has been recognized for 
years by police and people who work there 
as an area where young male prostitutes, 
many who are runaways, go in search of 
shelter and quick money. 

The trade is conducted openly, much like 
its sister business near 25th and Farnham 
where female prostitutes sell to a 
different clientele. Many of the youths' 
customers appear to be well-heeled men. 

The case of a 14 year old runaway from 
Omaha has focused attention on this 
sidewalk trade. The teenager recently told 
authorities that he was being prostituted 
by a man who frequents the neighborhood. 
Last weekend police arrested three men for 
allegedly sexually assaulting the youth. On 


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Thursday, they arrested a fourth man. 
Police are seeking a man whom they believe 
sold the 14 year old to the men for sex. 


The youth's case isn't an 
isolated one, said Sgt . Ken Bovasso, 
an investigator for the Omaha 
police. The youth apparently worked 
for one pimp who sold him locally, 
Bovasso said, and wasn't part of the 
prostitution ring . 

"Male prostitution has been 
occurring at 16th and Jackson for 
many years. But is it common... No, 
it's not common. It happens in every 
city in the country, and it will 
continue to happen. " (sounds common 
to us. NLC) 

Bovasso said there is an 
informal network of men who share 
information about buying sex from 
teenage boys in Omaha. The men 
either live in the Jackson Street 
area or they frequent bars there. 
Authorities aren't sure how the 14 
year old became involved. The youth 
told his story to police officers 
and FBI agents . They said the 
allegations appear solid, unlike 
allegations that grew out of 
investigations of the Franklin 
Community Federal Credit Union 
failure . Those allegations have 
been discredited. 

Police officers said the youth 
comes from a broken family and was 
splitting time be-tween the mother 
and father when he became involved 
last January. He had a history of 
running away. 

After taking to the streets, the 
youth often stayed at a apartment of 
Fred Mertesdorf 56,Mertesdorf lives 


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in the Kensington Apts, at 505 16th 
St. --a block north of Jackson, a half 
block south of the Orpheum theater. 

Bovasso said Mertesdorf ' s apartment 
was known as a haven for young 
runaways who work downtown. 
Mertesdorf allegedly introduced the 
youth to another man, who began acting 
as the pimp. 

The pimp allegedly made arrangements 
with others for sexual encounters with 
the youth. In most cases, the men 
would pick up the teen at an arranged 
location and take him to a motel or 
back to a residence. 

On several occasions, the youth was 
taken to Council Bluffs for sex. 

Mertesdorf and two others — Michael 
Vanosdall, 36, of 1506 Grandview Ave . 
in Papillion and Jesse Lopez, 39, of 
2419 So. 17th St., have been charged 
with one count of first degree sexual 
assault. The law under which they 
have been charged prohibits adults 
from having sex with an underage 
person. If convicted, the three could 
face up to 50 years in prison. 

The man arrested Thursday, Robert L. 
O’Conner, 29, of 4805 S. 24th St. has 
been charged with sexual assault on a 
child. He could be sentenced to five 
years . 

The alleged pimp is being sought on 
pandering charges, which carries a 
maximum five year term. 

The ring was broken up after the 
first youth went to authorities. He 
spoke first to the FBI, then the 
police. Police said the youth spent 
two months being treated for a 
substance abuse problem at an Omaha 
facility. ’’That's typical of these 
kids," Bovasso said. 

For the young prostitutes, turning 


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trick is considered more of a 
business than sexual act." I think 
its more of a business. You know kids, 
you give them a buck. . . 11 said Don 
Stella, owner of a grocery at 18th 
and Jackson. "Some of them are gay, 
but I think most do it for money . " 

Witnesses said the prostitutes 
appear on the streets about 6:00 p.m. 
on weekdays, two hours later on 
weekends. They work the sidewalks, 
waiting for customers to drive up. 
They leave with a customer, then 
return to wait for another customer. 

Stella said he's seen women drop 
off male prostitutes in the evening 
as if leaving a husband at work. 
"These men, they don T t seem like 
slouches," said Stella's wife. 
"You'll find people of all ages in 
sports cars, vans, old Novas. You're 
not talking rattletraps type cars. 
You're talking "very expensive, 
$35,000 -$55,000 cars. 

The neighborhood's sex business 
over-laps the illegal drug trade. 
Lichty said he often finds used 
syringes left by the drug users 
behind the county vehicle inspections 
building at 17th and Jackson. Bovasso 
said the problem is difficult for 
police. I don't think you can stop it 
No city has ever been able to do. 

The situation is similar to the 
one at 25th and Farnam St., where 
female prostitutes have congregated 
for years. Constant police presence 
would be necessary to rid the area of 
undesirables, Bovasso said. "I don't 
know what we as citizens can do about 
it, " Lichty said. "If we were to 
have the police come down here every 
half hour, they'd just go someplace 
else. I don't think the people of 


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Omaha really give a damn. This has 
been going on a long time, it really 
has . " 


Bonacci had talked about many other men 
besides Carlson who physically and sexually 
abused him. When he started to pull away from 
Carlson's influence in 1979, he was only 12 years old. 
But he mentions others, like 'Fat Freddy", "who lived 
in an apartment on Harvey Street. He still hangs out 
at the Diamond Bar. He's fat, ugly and complains 
he has cancer." Bonacci also talked about a man 
named 'Tank'. He went to several parties at Alan 
Baer's penthouse with Tank" and 'Fat Freddy'. 

"The man who I call Harry Andersen is of medium 
build, graying hair, and has a scar below his belly 
button. He was also uncircumcised and had a 
mark or a birth mark on his left inner thigh, He 
introduced himself to me at some of Carlson's’ 
parties in October of 1978. I had no sexual contact 
with him until December of 1978. At several parties, 
prior to December he asked me to lick two boy's 
penises. The were named John and Mark." 

"in December I was asked by Carlson to meet 
this man named Harry at the now Red Lion Inn on a 
Friday afternoon. Harry called me that afternoon 
and fold me he'd pick me up around 5:00. 

"He picked me up along with two other boys. 
The other boys were 12 and 14. I was 1 1 at the time. 
We had to go in the back and go up to the room 
number he marked on a piece of paper and 
gave it to the 14 year old. By the time we found the 
room, he was there waiting." 

“First he had us take a shower together, the three 
of us, while he was in the other room. When we 
were done, he had us wrestle around with each 
other while we were still naked. Then he ordered us 


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to tie up the 14 year old and s- him off and f- — 
him, which we did. He was taking pictures of us 
and laughing. Then he had us untie the 14 year old 

and they tied me up and s me and f me 

while he took photos. Then we tied up the 12 year 
old and did the same thing to him. 

"After this he had us lay next to each other and 
he tied all three of us up and fondled us and 
sucked our penises. He then took a cigarette and 
lit it and placed it on the 14 year old and picked up 
the 12 year old and lay him on top of the 14 year 
old. The boys both yelled and squealed and 
started crying. He did the same thing to me and 
put the 12 year old on top of me. It hurt real bad, 
and l got a big blister on my pubic area below my 
belly button. He told us that 'real men could 
handle it, 1 and it was 'fun to watch someone 
getting burned or in pain.' It wasn't fun getting 
burned or seeing the other boys crying, or the 
terrible blisters it caused! 

"After that I started meeting Harry at the Red Lion 
inn about once every month with a couple of other 
boys. The second time, he burned me on my arms 
and legs with cigarettes and once right on my 
penis while he had me tied up with a washcloth 
stuck in my mouth. I about broke my wrist struggling 
with the ropes on my arms! To this day, I have a 
scar on my penis from that burn and the several 
other times he burned me on the same darn spot. I 
bled a couple of times, which caused me to have 
a scar. 

"In 1980, Harry took me and two other boys to a 
house in South Omaha. At the house several other 
young boys were tied up or handcuffed in rooms 
and men were forcing them to have sex. Several 
of the boys were crying and bleeding either from 
their noses or from cuts on their bodies. It wasn't the 


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first time I'd been to that house, nor the last. It was 
the only time that Harry took me there. While there, 
he took us into a room and watched as two men 
came in and had sex with us. On just about every 
occasion with Harry there were two other boys 
present." 

“In 1982, I attended three parties with Harry at 
Alan Baer's Penthouse and an apartment, both of 
which were in the Twin Towers. I went with John and 
Mark to several of the parties along with Andy, who 
was a younger boy that Harry liked more since I 
was about 1 5 at the time." 

"In 1983, around the first month school started, I 
was at a party at Baer's penthouse. 1 saw at this 
party several men whom 1 can recall as Alan Baer, 
Robert Wadman, Harold Andersen and a man I 
called Larry. Other people were myself, Andy , 
John, Troy Boner, Danny King and Jeff and some 
girls, Jamie and another, as well as, Alisha Owen. 

"In the next few weeks, I got away from Harry 
since he wanted younger boys than myself. He 
began going after Andy and Jeff since they were 
both younger. 

"Harry was one of the sickest men by whom l 
was ever sexually abused by! And even though I 
was a willing victim, I was still a child when he 
began the abuse. He also abused me mentally 
with threats, as he did in 1986 before I went into NPI 
(Nebraska Psychiatric Institute). He's the main 
reason 1 became depressed with him telling me 
he'd cut my friend's penises off and kill them if I 
mentioned his name to anyone. My new friends 
had nothing to do with my past sexual abuse and I 
want to protect them from the kind of men whom I 
knew were fully capable of carrying out any threats 
they made. I did not want one of my friends 
harmed by them. 


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"During all of this abuse my family life was lousy. I 
took off and lied to my mother by telling her I was 
going to a friends or spending the night at a friends. 
During most summers 1 normally stayed out late 
and my parents thought I was with friends, running 
around Carter Lake. In 1980 my family moved from 
Carter Lake to Omaha." 

When he was 13, Bonacci met a teacher from 
another school named Mike Heaverin. "He got me 
interested in history. He took me with him, along with 
several other students to a town where he filmed us 
in Nazi uniforms and also in sexual activities. He 
liked boys and was nice to me. (Michael Heaverin 
was a Papillion Jr. High social studies teacher who 
was convicted of "contributing to the delinquency 
of a minor" in what was known as the 'Sarpy County 
Case'.) 

During his 5th grade year at Carter Lake School, 
Bonacci met a man named Emilio while at a park 
near Carter Lake. There was a 13 year old boy 
named B — with him, who told Paul that Emilio 
kidnapped young boys and sold them to men for 
use in kiddie porn, snuff films, or for personal sexual 
use, "Emilio told me how much fun I could have 
going with him and B — Emilio told Bonacci that 
he could get rich and then showed him a bag with 
a lot of money in it. 

Emilio was described as Mexican with a slight 
accent. He was about 5'9", 190 pounds with a 
mustache and a beard. He had brown eyes, 
black, curly short hair and a tattoo of a naked lady 
on his left arm. He had a scar from a knife wound 
under the tattoo. Bonacci later went with Emilio to 
Des Moines in September of 1982 when he was 15. 
Bonacci claims he was present when Emilio 
abducted a 12 year old paperboy, Johnny Gosch. 

Following is a recent article from the Lincoln 


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Star which was picked up from the Des Moines 
Register. 

INMATE SAID SOURCE IN SEARCH FOR BOY 

Des Moines, IA--(AP) An 
informant who has provided 
information on the 1982 abduction of 
an Iowa newspaper boy claims to 
have multiple personalities and 
has been called a"pathetic 
witness" by a Nebraska Grand 
Jury, (highlighted to point out 
editorial bias) But the parents of 
little Johnny Gosch say the 
informant's claims are credible and 
that he has information about details 
of the case that were never public. 

Last week, Gosch’ s mother, 

Noreen said information gathered by 
private eye Roy Stephens of Omaha 
indicate a child sex ring of four men 
planned and carried out the abduction 
of her son. 

Gosch was delivering the 
Sunday Register when he disappeared 
near his West Des Moines home on Sept 
5, 1982. He was 12 at the time. 

Local, State and Federal 
investigators have been unable to 
find him or another newsboy, Eugene 
Martin, who was 13 when he 
disappeared while delivering the 
Register in 1984. Noreen Gosch said 
Stephens told her the same men may 
also have been involved in other 
abductions, including Martin’s and 
the Oct. 1989 kidnapping of Jacob 
Wetterling in St. Joseph, Minn. 

The Register reported that the 
informant who came forward with the 
information is Paul Bonacci, 23, an 
inmate in the Nebraska State 


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Penitentiary, serving a sentence for 
three separate convictions of 
sexually abusing a minor. 

In a recent investigation into the 
Franklin Community Federal Credit 
Union, at Omaha, Bonacci testified 
regarding alleged cases of drug and 
sex abuse to investigators and a 
grand jury, the newspaper reported. 

But the grand jury rejected the 
stories and said Bonacci was "perhaps 
the most pathetic witness to appear." 
The newspaper story said"Bonacci 
claimed in the investigation that he 
had at least 28 personalities and 
that the grand jury said his 
"psychiatrist" doubts that he can 
tell the truth." 

Informed of Bonacci 1 s past, John 
Gosch, the father, said the informant 
seemed sincere and gave valuable 
information . 

Bonacci said he participated in the 
abduction of Johnny and claims the 
boy was taken for child pornography, 
the Gosch' 1 s said. Noreen Gosch said 
Bonacci knows "some incredible things 
about the case." 

There were photos taken of 
Johnny prior to the kidnapping. We 
know because a woman reported it to 
police. We're convinced Bonacci saw 
those photos. He accurately described 
the location which is not far from 
our home. He described many things 
about the photos which we have never 
talked about, Noreen Gosch said. 

Stephens said Bonacci "hasn't told 
me any thing that hasn't been true." 
"He has been called a pathetic witness, 
but at the same time it was never 
backed up," said Stephens. Lt. Gerry 
Scott who's in charge of the 
investigation for the West Des Moines 


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police said the Gosch family has shared 
some of the information with 
investigators. "Even if he had 250 
personalities, a person like this 
could have been involved," Scott said. 

But he also said police have no plans 
for interviewing Bonacci . "We are 
aware of what's going on. We're not 
going to re-invent the wheel. This has 
been investigated in Nebraska. When 
things need investigating here, they 
will be investigated." 

Paul Bonacci was later to see Emilio in California 
while on a trip for Larry King in 1984. Emilio tried to 
get him to go with him to help "snag" kids so they 
could be sold near Las Vegas for $5,000 to men 
who would use them as sex slaves. He saw him 
once in ‘86 but not since then. 

During the summer of 1979, Bonacci's friend John 
introduced him to Peter Citron at Peony Park. In 
August of 79 he met Alan Baer who picked him up 
on The Milk Run. He continued to have sex with 
Citron and Baer for years. 

In 1978, while he was in 5th grade, Bonacci 
started playing around with satanism. At first ‘it was just 
playing with demon role playing games like 
Dungeons and Dragons. He was 13 in the summer 
of '80 when he stared getting into it heavily. He 
participated in sacrifices where animals were killed 
and the blood drunk. 

In December of 1980 Bonacci saw a baby boy 
sacrificed around Christmas. He was forced to 
drink its blood with urine mixed in. it was intended as 
a perversion of the blood of Jesus. "They made us 
chant, Satan is Lord , Lucifer our King, realm of 
darkness, come now, empower us your slaves. 
Then they all began talking strange and i got 
scared and they said I’d be the next sacrifice if I 


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told anyone about it!" 

On February 13, Bonacci was beaten up 
because he did not attend a satanic cult ritual. On 
March 13, 1981 he said he saw Alan Baer at a 
satanic ritual. “We drank human blood mixed with 
urine. I was real sick, i only saw Baer a few times at 
rituals." 

In August Bonacci started going on scavenger 
hunts for Baer, (Scavenger hunts are trips by older 
boys to look for younger boys to recruit for sex with 
older men.) He went to Grand Island, Kansas City, 
Lincoln, Sioux City and St. Paul over the next year 
on this mission. 

"On the morning of July 5,1983, I called Baer and 
told him I wanted out. My stepfather had just died 
the night before and I didn't want to have to go to 
parties. Baer told me he'd send me a warning not 
to leave, or to tell the police as I'd threatened. 
Within a few days I was outside my grandmother’s 
apartment in the alley, playing with cousins. Baer 
knew where my grandmother lived 'cause i stayed 
there on weekends. He had dropped me off 
there, along with other men and teenagers. That 
night a car drove down the alley, a blue Chevy, 
four door. We heard a loud BANG! Everyone 
thought it was an m-80 (a firecracker) except me, 
because I soon found a hole in the door of the car 
about 6 inches from where I was standing. Also the 
car was familiar but I never told anyone because I 
was too scared and didn't want my family to know I 
was a prostitute to men. I called Baer and told him 
i was sorry and would do what he wanted for life, i 
told him I needed some acid and he said, "Sure, 
I'll talk to Tony and the boys and set you up. Just 
come on over," 

He saw another boy sacrificed at a satanic ritual 
on November 13, 1981 at a ritual to "darken the souls 


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of our members." in all he estimates he 
oarticipated in 26-30 rituals. 

"I pulled away from satanism in April of '84 and 
had my life threatened by members saying that I 
could never leave, that I had taken a vow and 
sold my soul. I've been threatened but so far 
they've never got me with their curses and hexes. 
I'm not scared of death now as I was then. My life 
belongs in God's hands and in his Kingdom." 

Other names mentioned as being involved in 
satanism were Larry King and a man named Dr. 
Khage (aka Lord Bevins) who was the high priest. 
Also a group mysteriously known only as The 
Shadow, (Considerable information concerning 
the satanic group called The Shadow was 
gathered in the course of Caradori's investigation. 
At one time the group was the object of an OPD 
investigation due to the information provided by 
the family of a former member. One of their main 
meeting places was a vacant building at 9700 W. 
Dodge. When a TV story aired on channel 6, the 
Realtor elected to tear the building down 
"because of its 1 "controversial nature. 11 No notice 
was given of the demolition. "There were dead 
things attracting flies before the house was torn 
down, but it's all gone now!)" 

Bonacci continued, "On April 1st, 1984 I went to a 
party at a farmhouse near Elkhorn that my friend 
Todd was staying at. Baer was at the party which 
was the first time I'd seen him out there. That night 
Baer had sex with me and Todd and I was stoned. 
That night about 4:00 a.m. Todd and I were alone in 
a bedroom talking,sitting against the back of the 
bed, leaning against the wall. There was another 
man who stayed out there who was asleep in a 
different bedroom, Around 4:15 Todd handed me 
a note and said not to read it until later, and made 


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me put it in my pocket. The next thing i saw was 
Todd take a gun out from under the bed. He 
started laughing. He put the gun up to his head 
and pulled the trigger... and it clicked. He did it 
again... and it clicked. The third time it went off. But 
just before he pulled the trigger he said, 11 1 love you 
but I can't live like this no more.See you in Heaven." 
And then BANG!, he pulled the trigger and feil right 
into my arms, i couldn't believe it and I was 
screaming and crying. He was bleeding all over 
me and the man came running in and said 'What 
the hell is going on?' and I said ’he shot himself. 
Help him, he's bleeding! 1 The man came over and 
checked him and said, 'Nobody can help him, 
he's dead.' The man left and called somebody to 
help and he and two younger men or teenagers 
came in. One boy, Jeff, came up to me and 
pulled me away from Todd, who I was still hanging 
onto. He took me out to a car and one of the other 
teens took me home. Jeff went with me and 
stayed the night. They said the men would take 
care of Todd's body. I never saw him again. He's 
gone. I tried to kill myself April 13th but I failed." 

During the school year of '85 Bonacci was paic 
by Baer and King to perform sex for a number o ; 
men at various locations around the city. Although 
he tried to get out of it, he was always threatenec 
In March, '86 he started telling some of his nev, 
friends about his past and he determined to stop 
listening to Baer. "In April, I started getting threats or 
my life. I called Baer and said 'You can kill me, bu- 
rn never come back! I belong to Jesus Christ now 
and not you or any man! 

"The next notes I got were threatening my frienc; 

I could protect myself but not them. I started getting 
severely depressed. I'd already missed way fc: 
much school. I had been telling my girlfriend abcu~ 


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my past and about almost everything! She got 
drunk one night and told her mother. Her mother 
called the school and told them about me. 

"The school contacted my mom and we 
had a meeting with them to see if I was going to 
drop out. At least that was the initial reason, When I 
got to school, they brought up what Nancy's mom 
had told them. At first I wanted to deny it, but then I 
broke down. They wanted to contact the police 
which scared me, so I said I was thinking about 
suicide. The cops came and did everything but 
laugh in my face. I told them about a lot of it. They 
wanted to know about Carlson, Burke and Bruner. I 
told them about Baer and Andersen and Bob 
Andreson as well.” 

In the Douglas County Grand Jury Report 
of 7-29-90, the following statement was made 
under the heading, PEDOPHILES. 

Throughout the course of our work, we 
have heard testimony and have read police 
documents identifying pedophiles who target 
the Omaha area. A pedophile is a person 
who has a sexual preference for children. The 
Omaha Police Dept, estimates there are over 
500 known pedophiles in the Omaha area. In 
reviewing testimony and evidence in this case, 
one man caused us to be greatly concerned. 
This individual, Robert W. Andresen, a white 
male, 6'5", 325 lbs, had been known to coerce 
males (including minors) to his residence. 
Once he has taken a male there, he may 
sexually assault and/or pornographically 
photograph the young man. Furthermore, we 
have reviewed documents that state 
Andresen has threatened to physically harm his 
victim (s) and has threatened to kill those who 


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report him to the authorities. Unfortunately, 
because the victims refuse to testify against 
him, we could not indict. The Grand Jury did 
subpoena Andre sen. He appeared before us, 
at which time he took the Fifth Amendment . " 

"We, together with law enforcement, 
would like to encourage persons with direct 
knowledge of any pedophile activity to report 
it to the proper authorities , in hopes that we 
can curb the pedophile activity in Omaha / 

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY 

" Testimony and evidence provided to the 
Grand Jury showed no probable cause to 
believe there is an organized child 
pornography ring in Washington or Douglas 
Counties. This does not preclude the fact that 
there may be instances of such but no factual 
evidence surfaced relating to any identifiable 
individuals. 

Said Bonacci, "They said I'd be talking to an 
investigator in a couple of days, i never saw 
another cop. I was sent off to NPI, and it was all 
hushed up for some reason. I started getting 
harassed by people. Baer knew, and when my 
family moved, 1 moved in at my grandmothers. 
From '86 through '89 I never went around Baer or his 
friends and only once in '88 i saw Larry King." 

In October of '89 he was reintroduced to Baer 
by the owner of a downtown cafe who thought he 
was 16. Baer thought he was Paul's little brother. He 
went to Lincoln with Baer to The Boardwalk where 
he saw Baer have sex with two 13 year old boys. 

"I was told by Baer to get some of my friends 
and he'd give me $5,000 for each boy I got for him. 



;Saer is a multi-millionaire). He saw photos of my 
mends and cousins and he told me to bring them to 
nim and I'd get some cash and they'd get $100. I 
-old Baer to go to hell! They were my friends. He 
said I'd be sorry if I didn't get them for him. I said 
No! After I was arrested, i tried to call Baer for help, 
but he wouldn't!" 

On November 18, 1989 at 2:40 a.m. Bonacci was 
arrested for allegedly fondling a 13 year old boy 
who was staying overnight. Bonacci had been out 
with some friends earlier in the evening and 
someone had given him some acid (LSD) and he 
was "tripping." As Personality Paul, he denies 
anything overtly sexual happened (although he 
admits he may have accidently touched the boy 
on the outside of his clothes). As another 
personality, it could have happened. In any case, 
during the arrest, the police took a number of his 
detailed diaries which were never returned. 
Bonacci had a public defender assigned to him 
who advised him to plead 'no contest (the same 
one who 'defended' Alisha Owen!). He was 
convicted and is now serving a 5 year sentence at 
the Lincoln Correctional Center. He has had to live 
under restricted conditions, since he has received 
physical threats from some inmates who formerly 
worked for Baer on the outside. Bonacci was in 
prison when Caradori found him and videotaped 
his testimony on 5-14-90, Caradori had received his 
name as a lead some months earlier and finally 
could "check it out." 


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SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE AND MULTIPLE PERSONALITY 
DISORDERS 


The following is an article by Susan Darst Williams 
which appeared in the April 23 issue of the Omaha 
Metro Update: 

PROFESSIONALS POINT OUT RED FLAGS OF CHILD 
ABUSE IN FRANKLIN CASE 

by Susan Darst Williams 

Allegations of children being 
taken around the city and across the 
country for sexual exploitation. An 
adult burning a cigarette into the 
buttocks of a teenager during anal 
intercourse. A teenage girl 
subjected to so much abuse, but 
innocent of the need for genital 
hygiene that her body odors drew 
screams. These and other stories of 
child abuse that are being told in 
the Franklin Credit Union case are 
disgusting ! 

Whether the stories are true or 
false in any legal sense of the 
word, is a matter up to the Douglas 
County Grand Jury and/or later 
developments in the legal process. 

But there is little doubt that the 
stories are true to form, true to 
pattern. 

The stories told by the six 
victim-witnesses who have come 
forward so far closely match the 
facts that have been verified in 
similar child sex abuse and sex 
exploitation cases nationwide, 
according to professionals. 

Here's how a charge of incest 


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or pedophilia goes--they say: A 
youth tells about alleged abuse. 
Those who hear are shocked. The 
child is made to tell his story over 
to disbelieving authority figures 
who take a lot of statements and do 
little corroborative investigation/ 
because it would be difficult and 
expensive. Under pressure,, the youth 
usually recants or the whole thing 
falls apart because of a criminal 
justice system and general public 
that isn’t set up to help them, and 
can't believe them or won't. The 
Rev. Glenn Schact, a pastor who is 
chairman of the Child Abuse Council 
says this about the six Franklin 
victims: "It's like everybody is 
doubting them and they have retold 
the story r how many times? You keep 
after a person until they break, 
until they change their story — until 
no one believes them and they begin 
to doubt even themselves." 

Sgt . Bovasso of the Omaha 
police says, "Part of the problem we 
run into is that, even after we 
arrest somebody for pedophilia, most 
people will say this person couldn't 
do that. It can become a long 
drawn out process, and nobody wins." 
For those reasons, Omaha has what 
the experts call a sorry record of 
child sexual abuse prosecutions. 
Sometimes, not even the parent 
believes the child, much less the 
authorities. No kid wants the 
stigma of sending a friend to 
prison. Most kids who have been 
abused have emotional development 
arrested. So the truth never comes 
out. "They ruin so many kids," 
Bovasso said. "Research tells us 
that 97 percent of the time, the 


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children will not lie, " said 
Deborah Worman, child counselor for 
the YWCA. "I believe something 
happened (to the Franklin victims) . 
The question is, what?" 

No matter what comes of the 
Franklin allegations, these 
professionals say the Franklin case 
illustrates two key points about 
child sexual abuse: 

- The goal of the perpetrators 
is not sex, for the most part. 
Instead they are addicted to power, 
using society'' s most trusting and 
vulnerable members to carry out that 
addiction and make themselves feel 
better by degrading someone else. 

- Public awareness of, all 
skill in dealing with, child sexual 
abuse lags far behind where it 
should be, the experts say. 

Child sexual abuse today is 
about where rape was 20 years ago in 
terms of society's failure to deal 
with it, they said. Myths abound, 
and society is hampered in the 
detection and prevention of child 
sexual abuse because of pervasive 
misconceptions about the crime and 
its victims. 

What of a typical case. Here 
are some profiles, as seen by the 
experts : 

- The young victims are from broken 
homes or dysfunctional families, 
with only one parent in the home, or 
living in a foster-care setting, 
without what society would consider 
"normal" supervision. Typically, 
these young people don't think of 
themselves as worth much, and are 
vulnerable to anyone who pretends to 
pay attention to them. 

- The perpetrators, whether or not 


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they could be considered pedophiles 
adults sexually attracted to 
children - are respected in the 
community; often married; good at 
their jobs, and have no criminal 
record. They often come into 
contact with the children as 
authority figures, someone the child 
should be able to trust. 

- At first, the contact between them 
seems wholesome. But gradually, in 
ambiguous, subtle ways, the adult 
will introduce a bit of 
inappropriate touching, perhaps some 
R-rated photographs or movies, and 
proceed from there, winning the 
child' s trust in stages until the 
child is trapped in an abusive 
relationship and thinks it r s his or 
her own fault. 

The perpetrators keep the 
youngsters in their web by lavishing 
time, attention, gifts, cash, drugs, 
alcohol and fun experiences on them. 
Later, there may be tacit or stated 
threats of physical harm to the 
young person, or threats to go after 
younger siblings or friends, if the 
young person quits cooperating or 
tells. Once the young victim gets 
beyond a certain age, usually around 
puberty or obviously developing into 
an adult, the perpetrator is no 
longer interested in him or her, but 
uses him or her to recruit a new, 
younger victim to start over with. 

- If they ever do tell their stories 
and apparently, many don't 

studies show that 97 percent of the 
time, the children do not lie about 
the sexual abuse. In the remaining 
three percent of the cases, 
authorities either are unable to 
substantiate the abuse or discover 


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the allegations are part of a post- 
divorce dispute that can't be 
untangled. 

- The older the victim, the more 
likely the victim is to later 
recant. Why? Older teens and young 
adults are struggling to establish 
an identity, sexual and otherwise, 
and a heavy-duty life event such as 
involvement in a highly 
controversial criminal case may be 
seen as too much interference to be 
good for that process. The young 
person feels pressure to make the 
whole thing go away to avoid the 
stigma of being labeled a victim or 
a sexual deviant, to avoid notoriety 
and pressure, and to try to get 
things back to "normal." 

Profile of a Pedophile 

Omaha therapist Caryn Hacker has worked 
with a number of children who have been 
victims of sexual abuse. Her research has 
turned up the following characteristics of a 
pedophile - an adult who is sexually attracted 
to children: 

- 97 percent are heterosexual males who prefer 
sex with children. 

- Most are intelligent and highly respected in 
their communities and careers. They often work 
in the helping professions with access to 
children, such as teachers, doctors, the clergy 
and coaches, 

- A striking personality characteristic is of rigidity. 
The person may be firmly set that there is only 
one way to do things or to think about things. 
This is often accompanied by a strict religiosity. 

- No close friends. 


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- Feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. 

- Trouble dealing with other adults. 

- Poor impulse control; cannot distinguish be- 
tween their feelings and their actions, and often 
turn bad impulses into inappropriate behavior. 

- Typically know their victims as relatives, 
neighbors and friends. 

- Typically were sexually abused themselves in 
childhood. 

- Don't feel guilt. 

See also the study by Gail S. Goodman, PHD, 
Univ. of NY at Buffalo and Karen Sawitz, PHD, 
UCLA.) 

Also, some background information on Paul 
Bonacci’s diagnosis of MPD (multiple Personality 
Disorder) appears in the following article from the 
July 12 edition of the Nebraska Observer: 

FLIGHT INWARD FROM WHAT IS INTOLERABLE: 
BONACCrS ILLNESS; SOME BACKGROUND 

The Observer contacted Dr. Beverly Mead, 
the psychiatrist who first diagnosed Bonacci's 
multiple personalities. We were seeking some 
understanding of the condition, in particular, the 
links between the disorder and early trauma, as 
well as the reliability of the patient to remember 
truthfully details and events. We asked Mead 
whether he believed the stories Bonacci tells 
about cult sexual abuse. “It’s always important 
to maintain a certain level of skepticism," he 
said. "At the same time, we should keep an 
open mind." Mead believes that the ultimate 
literal truth of such stories can be determined by 
careful fact-checking and follow up on leads 


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given by Bonacci, and that this should be 
done. Mead also referred us to several sources 
as background on MPD. 

The most useful one was a section on Multiple 
Personality Disorders from a chapter called 
"The Dissociative Disorders," in the Textbook of 
Psychiatry (American Psychiatric Press, 1988) 
Below are excerpts: 

Although the recognition of Multiple 
Personality Disorder (MPD) is not new, scientific 
research into it is in its infancy. Since 1980, 
however, the literature has expanded, along 
with the upsurge in recognition of the disorder. 
One factor that has contributed to this rising 
awareness, is the increased awareness of child 
abuse and incest. In two studies, by Richard 
Kluft, MD, "97 and 98 percent of the MPD's in the 
study, had experienced child abuse, (usually 
physical) and sexual, (usually incest) and 
psychological mistreatment, and neglect was 
also not uncommon. Other factors may be 
object loss, illness and pain, trauma other than 
intentional abuse, exposure to overwhelming 
stimuli, such as accidents or war, cultural 
dislocation, etc. 

The condition has its onset in childhood, 
usually before age 9. The number of 
personalities varies with half, having 10 or fewer. 
The average number is over 13 but this is 
skewed by cases of remarkable complexity. 
Some are unaware of some or all of the others. 
Some are friends, protectors or helpers or 
adversaries. Sometimes they are aware of one 
anothers activities in the sense of perceiving 
them as a dream, without affording them 
reality. Not uncommonly, a personality may 
perceive the others voices as hallucinations, 


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Many children have transient dissociative 
symptom o logy. MPD emerges in the content 
of efforts of an overwhelmed child, unable to 
either fight or take flight. 

Many children have transient dissociative 
symptomology, yet relatively few develop 
distinct dissociative disorders. Those that 
develop MPD have been unable to heal their 
hurts because they have not been protected 
against further traumatization, not had sufficient 
restorative experiences with significant others, 
and may not be enabled to process their hurt in 
environments that deny the trauma has 
occurred, double bind the victim, or 
discourage the candid exploration of painful 
feelings and experiences. 

MPD emerges in the context of the efforts of 
an overwhelmed child, unable to either fight or 
take flight, to flee inwardly by abandoning 
sense of ownership of what is intolerable and 
unacceptable. Despite widespread fears of 
iatrogenesis and the documentation that many 
of the features of MPD can be mimicked or 
induced by a number of interventions, there is 
no evidence that the full clinical picture of this 
condition can be created and sustained over 
time. 


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THE GRAND JURIES 


The focus of attention for this chapter will be on 
the Douglas County Grand Jury. Comments will be 
added at the end, concerning the Federal Grand 
Jury. 


Following the writing of the famous DeCamp 
memo to Robert Dorr of the Omaha World Flerald, 
Attorney General Robert Spire called for a Grand 
Jury on Jan. 30ifi, 1990. A county grand Jury usually 
consists of 16 people with one or more alternates, 
convened to determine if evidence exists to show 
probable cause that a crime has been 
committed. The Grand Jury returns indictments and 
those indicted must stand trial for the offenses. The 
prosecutor selects the evidence to be shown to 
the jury and also the witnesses to be presented. 
There are no attorneys for the defense. And only 
those items deemed important are pursued by the 
prosecutor. Ordinary rules of evidence do not 
apply and hearsay evidence is admissible. 

District Judge James Buckley, Douglas County 
Election Commissioner Vicki Edwards and Omaha 
City Attorney Joseph Meusey comprised the panel 
that selected jurors. The grand jury oath required 
that witnesses keep their testimony secret until the 
grand jury adjourned. 

Former Lancaster County District Judge Samuel 
Van Pelt was appointed special prosecutor over 
the protests of some due to his previous history. 

On March 19, 1990, the Grand Jury was 
impaneled and began reviewing evidence. By 
the time their investigation was concluded they 


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nad met for 82 days, reviewed 395 exhibits and 
ssued 136 subpoenas, heard live testimony from 76 
witnesses, watched over 30 hours of videotapes 
and listened to numerous audio tapes. They issued 
their final report on July 23, 1990. The report was 
unusual if not unprecedented. 

Due to the length of the report, it will not be 
reproduced here in its entirety, Certain key 
statements will be addressed and explored. A 
copy of the complete report is available from the 
clerk of the Douglas County District court. 

LAWRENCE E. KING JR. 

We found no credible evidence of child sexual 
abuse, interstate transportation of minors, drug 
trafficking or participation in a pornography ring by 
King or other Franklin officials and employees. " 

They found evidence, but decided it was not 
credible! Strictly speaking, the grand jury's job is to 
determine "probable cause" and not to 
determine guilt ‘beyond a reasonable doubt." 


"We also found probable cause to believe that 
King-committed the crime of pandering— our 
ultimate decision was that (it) would not be the best 
use of the resources of the Douglas County District 
Court and again we have deferred to the federaf 
prosecutor . " 

But there was no indictment for pandering 
from the Federal Grand Jury and so King remains 
unindicted to this very day! Assuming King would 
take the Fifth Amendment, the grand jury requested 
him to appear voluntarily, which of course he 


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declined to do. No subpoena was issued. 

MICHAEL CASEY 

“Casey labels himself as a “ freelance writer ” 
while many who know him describe him as a con 
man. Casey rou//ne/y has befriended people 
willing to help him financially , promising to 
reimburse them when a big story pays off. Seldom 
was a story ever p ub fished. . . Casey claimed to be 
doing work as an investigative reporter for such 
papers as the LA Times, NY Times, Omaha World 
Herald and the Village Voice.* 

"We believe that Caradori would not have 
found Owen if it were not for Casey. Owen then led 
Caradori to other potential victim/witnesses. " 

\..We became suspicious of Casey s motives and 
the possibility that he fueled the fire of rumor and 
innuendo in Omaha. We believe it possible that 
allegations about Harold Andersen and Boys Town 
were a product of Casey's personal grudges. 
Perhaps he disregarded moral ethics and strayed 
from fact finding for the sake of a sensational story . " 

A number of people would agree with the 
conclusion that Casey was a con man, but he did 
co-author an article in the Village Voice on the 
Franklin Case and Larry King. A follow up article 
which was in the works was quashed under 
pressure by the FBI. 

Caradori did not find Alisha Owen through 
Casey. He got her name from other kids. But so 
what if he did? She was still a valuable lead as a 
victim /witness. 

The Grand Jury never talked to Casey. After 


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accusing him of fueling the fires of rumor in Omaha, 
they turn around and do the very same thing 
themselves!! Note the key words. "We became 
suspicious of Casey's motives." How could they 
know his motives? Why should the grand jury be 
dealing in suspicions rather than facts? Concerning 

the allegations about Harold Andersen Casey 

was already quoted in an April article of the World- 
Herald as saying he did not believe Andersen was 
involved. The reporter who wrote the article talked 
to Casey, the Grand Jury didn't. They should 
have! 

KiRSTIN HALLBERG 

" Hallbergs name surfaced in almost every 
stage of this investigation. Like Casey , she 
appeared to be a link connecting many aspects 
of the case. It was extremely difficult to determine 
her legitimate role in these events. Hallberg 
believed that she was acting in the public's best 
interests. However , many of those testifying 

disagreed , viewing her as a trouble maker , gossip 
and self appointed conscience of the public. In a 
few instances Hallberg had correct assumptions f 
but in most cases she didn't. In many cases 
Hallbergs over-reacting caused misinformation to 
be disseminated. She did not always act with 
good judgement , but operated from a feelings 
based as opposed to facts, in so doing , she 
overstepped professional bounds by becoming 
personally attached and emotionally involved with 
patients. Hallberg apparently is an individual who 
has difficulty following established guidelines and 
feels it necessary to become involved at all levels 
of the system , notwithstanding her lack of training 
and experience. " 


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Translation: in other words, she cared for the kids 
and tried to help them and felt she had a duty as a 
good citizen to get involved. “Not so” says the 
Grand Jury. "Leave these matters to the pros and 
don't get involved." For an example of a self 
appointed public conscience see the OWH 
Editorial of 7-26-91 , 


BONNIE COSENTINO 


“We believe that Cosentino reported in violation 
of her oath to Senator Chambers and eventually, 
indirectly to the media, that the Grand Jury was not 
attentive, cohesive or effective. This 
misrepresentation was inappropriate, unfair and 
appears to have been an unsuccessful attempt to 
harass and demoralize the Grand Jury and the 
persecutorial staff. Unfortunately, such 
misrepresentation promotes a lack of public faith in 
the system, and engenders unwarranted public 
outrage and despair. If indeed there was a 
spawning ground in which Franklin rumors were 
born, Cosentino would be found as an inhabitant.” 

Bonnie Cosentino never violated her oath. 
She was improperly questioned by assistant 
prosecutor Dougherty before she ever entered the 
grand jury room to testify. What transpired was the 
subject of an affidavit sworn to before state Senator 
Ernie Chambers detailing the specifics of what she 
felt were badgering tactics of Mr. Dougherty. She 
asked Senator Chambers to forward her complaint 
to the appropriate persons in the judicial system. 
She did give leads to various investigators, 


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including the Grand Jury's own investigator, Dennis 
Keenan. Shouldn't responsible citizens do that? 
Yes!! 


THE SUICIDES 


CHARLES ROGERS: We spent a considerable 
amount of time investigating all aspects of Rogers 
deafh...An autopsy was performed and the death 
was ruled a suicide. Evidence and testimony 
presented to the grand jury supported this finding. 

CURTIS TUCKER: .“....there is no connection to 
Franklin other than the fact that Franklin and the 
Ramada Inn used the same security service . We 
believe Tuckers death was a suicide because he 
left a note and was despondent over a broken 
relationship with a female . ' 

Charles Rogers was a homosexual ex-lover of 
Larry King and David Hansen. He worked as a 
doorman/bouncer at the Max Bar. His sister had a 
letter from him prior to his death concerning Larry 
King. He kept a large amount of cash in his 
apartment which was reportedly missing. His family 
and friends doubted Rogers would kill himself. 
What evidence and testimony presented to the 
grand jury supported this finding of suicide? Was 
anyone from the sheriff's department, which 
investigated the case called? Were any of their 
records subpoenaed? According to sheriffs Cpt. 
Tim Dempsey, head of homicide investigations, 
the answer to both questions is a no. When asked 
by an interviewer for the Omaha Metro Update, 
"where would the grand jury have gotten any 


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information upon which to base a conclusion?" He 
replied, "I don't know." 

Curtis Tucker plunged to his death from a 9th 
floor hallway window of the Ramada Inn on Dec 
25, 1985. He was a former homosexual lover of 
Larry King. He had worked at Boys Town in 1980 
where he met Fr. Brown to whom the "suicide note" 
was addressed. The signature on the note was not 
even close to matching examples of his signature 
on other documents. 

THE EARLY ALLEGATIONS 

* Carol Stitt , executive director of the Foster Care 
Review Board should have spoken to the proper 
authorities at Ufa Halee, Richard Young and Boys 
Town. ” 


The Foster Care Review Board has no 
investigative authority. Those who do have were 
contacted by Stitt on more than one occasion 
over a period of several months, including OPD, 
NSP, FBI, the head of the Nebraska Dept, of Social 
Services and the Governor with Attorney General 
Robert Spire. Other concerned citizens followed 
the same route with the same results. 

THE VIDEOTAPES 

“ The majority of our fact finding and deliberative 
effort was spent analyzing the credibility of stories 
presented by four witnesses on videotape 
provided by the legislature's Franklin Committee. 
Two witnesses subsequently recanted, stating that 
they were induced by Alisha Own to help her 
obtain a reduced sentence, or better conditions in 
prison, and to make money from royalties and civil 


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litigation. The vast majority of the other witnesses 
named by Owen contradicted her testimony. 
There is no doubt , that the story of sexual abuse, 
drugs, prostitution and judicial bribery presented in 
the legislative videotapes is a carefully crafted 
hoax , scripted by a person or persons with 
considerable knowledge of the people and 
institution of Omaha, including personal relationships 
and shortcomings. All of the major participants will 
be discussed individually. ' 

The "CAREFULLY CRAFTED HOAX" theory finally 
blossoms forth in full bloom! But the grand jury was 
not the source of that term. It had been planted as 
a seed, when a 4-22-90 World-Herald article on 
Mike Casey brought out the word "hoax" for the first 
time. But where was it conceived? The mystery 
deepens. 

Long before the article appeared on Casey, 
Alisha's mother, Donna Owen had heard about 
him, but never had a conversation with him. She 
"felt long ago that one of the things that they might 
say would occur here was that this Mike Casey, 
who is a wanna-be writer, would have contacted 
those kids, created a scenario and in effect had a 
conspiracy, fed them info, helped Caradori make 
the tapes, and that it would all be a giant 
conspiracy designed to give him writing material 
for TV movies. 

Her suspicions were confirmed when on April 25, 
just three days after the World-Herald article came 
out , she and her husband, Alvin were 
approached by their daughter Alisha's attorney 
Pam Vuchetich. They were told by Vuchetich that 
the FBI had approached her with just such a 
scenario. That they thought Mike Casey had gone 
to Alisha and given her 7 hours of testimony to 


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memorize and then she would make a tape. 

Vuchetich told them if Alisha would tell the FBI that 
this was true, then they could help Alisha and the 
plot would be uncovered and everybody could 
go home. But Alisha's mother said "Mike Casey 
didn't know Alisha was involved in this until well after 
she was already incarcerated. 1 have the proof 
on calendars and I have witnesses to that effect; 
people who know Mike Casey." (Apparently the 
grand jury didn't "review all the relevant evidence.) 

Donna Owen told her fears of a hoax theory to 
the Legislature's Franklin Committee on 6-21-90, 
over a month before the Grand Jury's final report. 
Perhaps Prosecutor Van Pelt was looking at the 
same script when he was quoted in a World-Herald 
article as saying that he was going to put the 
"unsubstantiated and unfounded rumors to rest/ 

The Grand Jury concluded that the creators of 
the hoax were "persons with considerable 
knowledge of the people and institutions of 
Omaha, including personal relationships and 
shortcomings." Where did the kids get all the 
information? Where did a 15 year old girl 
assemble her "considerable knowledge of the 
people and institutions of Omaha, including 
personal relationships and shortcomings"? Where, 
indeed?! 

ALISHA OWEN 

"Owen alleges that former Omaha Chief of 
Police Robert Wadman is the father of her 5 year 
old daughter. However , in our minds , the paternity 
of the Owen's child is unresolved. Owen testified 
that she had some form of sexuai contact with 
Wadman on as many as 25 occasions. Yet she 
made serious mistakes in describing a number of 


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Wadman $ physical characteristics , and we are 
convinced that he has not sexually abused Owen 
and did not father her child. Owen's motivation was 
to obtain a reduced prison sentence , or more 
comfortable conditions and to collect money from 
her story or from civil litigation. By fabricating major 
details and characters in her story , Owen has 
damaged the reputations of the persons involved , 
inflicted unnecessary grief on their families and 
slandered the entire Omaha community 

The Grand Jury said they didn't believe 
Wadman was the father of the child. Owen said 
she believed he was. The grand jury had no 
evidence at the time except the word of the two 
parties involved. They believed Wadman and 
exonerated him. They disbelieved Owen and 
indicted her for perjury, even though Wadman was 
the object of the grand jury's investigation, not 
Owen. What were the serious mistakes? Did they 
ever check on the characteristics she described, 
instead of centering on the ones she didn't? 

As far as more comfortable conditions were 
concerned, the warden at the York facility where 
Owen is in jail, said all she had to do was ask. She 
had nothing to gain and everything to lose by 
testifying before the grand jury. She could have 
taken the Fifth Amendment and saved herself a lot 
of persecution. 


PAUL BONACCI 

"Bonacci was perhaps the most pathetic witness 

to appear during the entire proceedings He has 

been diagnosed as having multiple personalities 
and his psychiatrist doubts that he can tell the truth. 


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His many inconsistencies and contradictions render 
his testimony unbelievable and necessitates his 
indictment for perjury. ' 

Necessitates his indictment? Translated, this 
means: Since he is so sick and pathetic and can't 
tel! the truth, we have to punish him! But once 
again, the Grand Jury has taken liberties with the 
truth. Bonacci did not have a personal psychiatrist. 
He was examined by Omaha psychiatrist, Dr. 
Beverley Mead, who was appointed by the court 
to examine Bonacci before he was sentenced on 
the fondling conviction to determine if he was a 
mentally disordered sex offender. Dr. Mead 
determined that he was not and was the first one to 
make the diagnosis of MPD. Dr. Mead denied that 
he made the statement that he "doubts he can tell 
the truth." To the contrary, many psychiatrists 
acquainted with MPD would say there was no 
need to lie. When things get uncomfortable, the 
MPD would just switch personalities! The 
corroboration of events that had been given by 
Owen, Boner, King and others is especially 
significant when it is pointed out that he was outside 
the so-called conspiracy loop. He was not a friend 
of Owen's, though he was an acquaintance, 
having seen her at several parties. But outside the 
parties they did not interact socially since she was 
involved with the heterosexual pedophiles and he 
was involved with the homosexual pedophiles. 

TROY BONER 

"Boner recanted his initial fabrications and 
cooperated with the grand jury. Boner told the 
grand jury he was not paid, threatened or 
promised anything to refract his story. ” 


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Boner was reported as recanting on April 18 
before the World-Herald story of 4-22-90 , and a 
week before Vuchetich approached Alisha's 
parents with the FBI's offer, Vuchetich was also the 
attorney for Boner and King and didn't see any 
conflict of Interest in representing all of them after 
Boner and King recanted. On the night in which 
Caradori was killed, his wife Sandee received a 
call from Boner. From the notes she took Boner 
said, "I'm really sorry. This shouldn't have 
happened. Gary was telling the truth. I've been 
pressured to change. I shouldn't have changed. 
You don't understand how much pressure I'm 
under. I'm really scared. " 

On the day of Caradori's funeral, Boner was in 
Senator Schmit's office before 8 witnesses offering 
to recant his recantation. Apparently he tried. Fie 
went to the FBI office but they laughed at him and 
refused to allow him to change his mind. Did he tell 
Caradori the truth? Or did he tell the truth when he 
told the FBI he lied? Or did he tell the truth when he 
told Senator Schmit he lied when he told the FBI he 
lied? Or did he tell the truth when he denied 
knowing Alan Baer, even though he was listed as 
receiving money from him on Baer's indigent fund 
list? Or did he tell the truth when he lied and denied 
being in Senator Schmit's office? Or did he tell the 
truth when he recanted his "initial fabrications" in 
order to 'cooperate' with the Grand Jury? Does he 
ever tell the truth? More about the grand juries "star 
witness" later on in the section under "The Media." 

JAMES DANIEL KING 

" Danny King recanted his initial fabrications and 
cooperated with the Grand jury. King told the 


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Grand Jury he was not paid, threatened or 
promised anything to retract his story. 

"Sound familiar? It's the same thing the Grand 
Jury said about Boner! And that's fitting, since King 
was Boner's friend and followed his lead in other 
things as well. He lied, too. 

So, Boner and King recant and go free. 
Owen and Bonacci stick by their stories and are 
indicted for perjury. What a really 'Grand' Jury. 

“LARRY THE KID N 

The Grand Jury decided that this individual 
mentioned by numerous victim/witnesses was a 
fictitious character. In fact, he was the same 
individual identified by several witnesses as " King's 
Horses" who was named as being in attendance 
at satanic rituals on several occasions. 

ALAN BAER 

"Many of the allegations made by Owen and 
Bonacci about Baer are not true . It appears Baer 
was written into the script because of his wealth and 
well known homo$exuality....We did have testimony 
from certain witnesses about sexual involvement 
with Baer. Evidence aiso showed that those 
witnesses received substantial amounts of money 
or other valuables in exchange for sex . As such, we 
find that Baer enticed other persons to become 
prostitutes or to commit acts of prostitution by giving 
them money or items of value . Therefore, we 
believe Baer committed the offense of pandering 
and we have handed down an indictment against 
him for that offense . " 


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He committed the offense but not against Boner, 
King or Bonacci? The grand jury questioned Baer’s 
use of his "indigent fund" as a means of 
compensating individuals with whom he had sex. 
How did the grand jury explain the fact that Troy 
Boners name had appeared on that list as 
receiving money from Baer? But Boner claimed 
he didn't know Baer and Baer said he didn't know 
Boner. That explains it. 

PETER CITRON 

appeared that he (Citron) was also written 
into the script because of his known homosexual 
and pedophile behavior 

Citron was a well known entertainment columnist 
for the Omaha World-Herald. By whom was his 
pedophile activity known? And for how long? One 
policeman was heard to comment that they "had 
an open file on Citron." Two counts of sexual 
assault on a child were filed against him on 2-23-90. 
He lamented in an interview with the Worid-Herald 
that the rumors had ruined his journalism career in 
Omaha. He was found not guilty on both counts 
after pleading "no contest" in Douglas County 
District Court. A vast quantity of pornographic 
material was confiscated when he was arrested. 
Since he plead no contest, none of it was ever 
introduced into evidence. What happened to the 
material? No one seems to know. 

ROBERT WADMAN 

"Wadman was unjustly accused by Owen of 
sexually abusing her and causing her mental 
anguish. ...We have made every attempt to find a 


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motive for the scripting of his name as a 
perpetrator , but could find none , other than his 
community visibility., ,..DNA blood tests were set up. 
....after his portion of the test was completed, it was 
only then that Owen refused to submit to the test for 
herself and her child, and insisted that the test be 
conducted only on her conditions. ' 

By Owen's refusal to submit to the test, the Grand 
Jury concluded that Wadman was not the father. 
Evidence and testimony presented to this grand 
jury did not support any of the allegations brought 
against Wadman by Owen. We now look upon 
Owen as the perpetrator, and Wadman as the 
victim. 

If the Grand Jury could find no motive, maybe its 
assumption of scripting was wrong and Owen was 
telling the truth. Owen has never refused to take a 
blood test. Prosecutor Van Pelt called Owen's 
mother and asked if they could do a blood test on 
Amanda (nothing said about Alisha). The mother 
replied that would be fine if three conditions were 
met: 1) Alt three samples (Wadman, Alisha, 
Amanda) would be taken together at the same 
place; 2) that it not be done at the FBI; 3) that 
copies of the results would be furnished to each 
party. 

These conditions were not unreasonable. 
Medical personnel will verify that certain 
requirements must be met in order for a blood test 
to stand up in court. Had the tests been done 
under the auspices of the Grand Jury there was no 
guarantee that any of the involved parties would 
have received the information. The Grand Jury 
could have sealed it and shut off any future action 
on the issue. A blood test was eventually done in 
connection with a Paternity Suit filed on Alisha's 
behalf by her mother, but it was not a DNA blood 


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test as the media has consistently trumpeted. DNA 
blood testing requires blood as well as hair and 
fingernail clippings. It is an expensive procedure 
but it gives virtually absolute results in contrast to the 
blood test alone which can be inconclusive. Cost 
could be as much as $3000 for each person tested 
or $9000. Owen's parents paid for Alisha and 
Amanda's tests. The bill was $875 for both tests, Only 
blood samples were taken at the lab. It was not a 
DNA-blood test. All samples were drawn at the 
same lab site in Lincoln. Three samples were taken 
from each person and sent to three separate lab 
locations. During the time the samples were being 
taken, they were not to have contact with each 
other. According to Wadman's testimony to the 
Grand Jury, he has eczema, a skin disorder 
inherited by his children. Amanda Owen has had 
this skin disorder from birth. Wadman has asthma 
and takes shots for it. Amanda has asthma and 
uses a breathing machine. There is striking facial 
resemblance between Wadman and Amanda 
Owen. 

One of the counts on which Owen was indicted 
for perjury concerned Wadman showing her a gun. 
Wadman testified that he had not carried a gun 
since '73. Attorney Jerry Spence was taking a 
deposition from Wadman in 1980 in connection with 
a Utah lawsuit. He asked Wadman if he were 
carrying a gun to which Wadman replied "yes." 
Wadman lied to the Grand Jury! 

The blood tests came back negative. Were they 
accurate? Perhaps. Could they have been 
tampered with? Possibly. 

The blood samples were handled by at least 7 
persons from the time they were taken to their 
arrival. They were transported by a flight carrier. 
Personnel from Emery and Fed Ex have stated that 


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the FBI will sometimes intercept a package in a 
case and even borrow a uniform from the carrier to 
deliver the package to the suspect. Did they 
intercept it? Probably not! But they could have! Is 
Wadman the father of Owen's child? Maybe and 
maybe not. Does Owen think he is? Absolutely. Did 
he have the opportunity to be? Evidence says he 
did! But in any case, FORGET about the DNA- 
blood tests, because, friends, they never 
happened. 

HAROLD ANDERSEN 

"...the motive for naming Andersen as 
connected with suspected chiid abusers was 
probabiy politically generated." 


Politically generated by whom? Four scared 
teenagers? In Wadman's testimony before the 
Grand Jury, he said that he knew Andersen, 
Eugene Mahoney and Citron were homosexuals. 
But he didn't know about Alan Baer. 

JUDGE THEODORE CARLSON 

"The Grand jury found no evidence to support 
allegations that Judge Carlson was involved with 
any sexual misconduct or other illegal activities. ' 


Alisha Owen was indicted for perjury for her 
account of what happened to her in the basement 
of the French Cafe. The incident allegedly involved 
Judge Carlson. Owen had described Carlson as 
being overweight. During her perjury trial, he 
testified he had never been overweight. Nor was 


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he a practitioner of homosexuality. One of the 
potential jurors, in the perjury trial, a doctor, asked to 
be excused as he was Carlson's personal 
physician. When asked by the prosecutor Moran if 
he could not be impartial, he replied, "I would hurt 
the prosecution." He was immediately dismissed 
and hustled out of the courtroom. Carlson's 
medical records were subpoenaed by the 
defense but were not allowed into evidence by 
Judge Raymond Case. The medical records 
showed in 1984 Carlson was 5'9" and weighed 
between 215 and 237. On the day of 
sentencing, Douglas County Attorney James 
Jensen wanted the medical records sealed even 
though they had not been admitted into 
evidence. Judge Case refused. The records will 
be back to vex them. 

SENATOR ERNEST CHAMBERS 

"It is difficult to understand how King and his 
entourage led such an extravagant lifestyle for so 
many years in Chamber’s own district without his 
having any inkling of the same. ” 

But the Franklin Credit Union was not in 
Chamber's District nor did King live in his district. 
Harold Andersen was on King's advisory board. 
Why didn’t he do something about it? 

THE FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD 

„.as previously stated , children do have the right 
to expect that if they exhibit reasonable behavior ; 
they will not be abused. " 

If they exhibit reasonable behavior? The 


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statement speaks volumes about the underlying 
attitudes of the grand jury and its prosecutor. 
Exonerate the perpetrators and indict the victims. 

THE NEWS MEDIA 

"We believe that if is unfortunate that the Omaha 
area has only one major newspaper / 

They got that one right! 

GARY CARADORI 

"in too many instances , individual Caradori 
interviewed were fed items of information. He led 
his witnesses and the videotapes were stopped 
and started at suspicious intervals with the 
substance of the witnesses stories changing.. .We 
think that Caradori stood to gain professionally and 
personally from the outcome. We beiieve that 
Caradori was duped into working with Casey / 

Caradori had nothing to gain financially from the 
investigation, He spent a lot of his own money in 
providing a safe place for Boner and King after 
they testified, His other business actually suffered as 
a result of his involvement. When viewing cir- 
cumstances of Caradori's methodology, it is well to 
remember Owen and Bonacci gave information 
not only to him but also before the Franklin 
Committee where they were questioned at length 
by the Committee Counsel in the absence of 
Caradori. The committee, after questioning them 
extensively found them credible. 

Caradori wasn't finished with his investigation. He 
and his son were killed on 7-11-90 while returning 
from the Ali Star game in Chicago. The plane came 


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apart in the air and crashed and burned on 
impact. The NTSB has not issued a formal statement 
on the cause of the crash, in addition to going to 
the ball game, he was also working some leads on 
the case. He called committee chairman Loran 
Schmit before his return trip and said "1 got it, Loran. 
WeVe got 'em by the balls/ His briefcase and 
papers were inexplicably missing from the crash 
site, along with the two rear seats of the plane. 

The day after the grand jury report was issued, 
KETV channel 7 conducted a viewer poll. In a short 
time they had over 3000 responses with a 10-1 
showing of viewer dissatisfaction with the grand jury 
report, Based on what we know now, dare we 
conclude that the grand jury report was itself the 
‘carefully crafted hoax?" 

But crafted by whom? Van Pelt? The FBI? The 
World- Herald? Certainly not Mike Casey and the 
kids. And therein, dear readers, lies the mystery that 
has yet to be solved. 

What about the Federal Grand Jury? Their 
findings were similar to those of the Douglas County 
Grand Jury without the references to Shakespeare. 
Could they have been working from the same 
script? Troy Boner said the FBI, U.S Attorneys Ron 
Lahners and Tom Thalken had threatened him that 
"if he didn’t recant his testimony they'd bring him 
up on perjury charges and send him to jail" (a 
frightening thought for a drug addict with a 
methadone habit). But then, who can believe Troy 
Boner? 


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BLUEPRINT OF A COVER UP? 


The information contained in this chapter comes 
from a 5-31-91 article in the Nebraska Observer, as 
well as from numerous other articles and interviews. 

On December 27, 1989 the Franklin Committee 
gave copies of Caradori's videotaped testimony 
of the victim/witness to Attorney General Robert 
Spire, US attorney Ron Lahners and the FBI (these 
were subsequently leaked to the media). 

In February, 1990, Robert Fenner, General 
counsel for the National Credit Union association, 
was advised by the FBI not to cooperate with the 
Franklin committee's investigator, Gary Caradori. 

The flow of information from the committee to 
law enforcement was always one-way. The 
committee had decided to cooperate in sharing 
all its information with law enforcement, but the 
adversarial tone set by them in the early stages 
prevailed throughout. The spirit of cooperation was 
one-sided. On Feb. 14, Caradori met with the FBI to 
outline details of his investigation. He was later to 
complain to the committee about all the leaks that 
subsequently sprang up. 

From February through April, the FBI interviewed 
Owen in prison on 1 1 occasions. The interviews 
were not taped. Owen was not read her miranda 
rights. No transcript of the interviews was shown to 
her. Owen's attorney claimed that she was 
coerced into giving the interviews and that their 
sole purpose was to gather information that could 
be used to discredit her. A witness for the 
prosecution in her perjury trial, Steve Solburg, 
admitted under cross examination that when the 


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FBI interviewed him, he felt intimidated and that ail 
the grand jury's questions asked, of him were 
designed to discredit Owen. 

The reports of feeling intimidated were common 
among victims/witnesses who were interrogated 
by OPD, NSP and FBI. As a result some 
victim /witnesses refused to testify. 

On Feb 20th, three women, one of whom was in 
jail for murder, were found guilty of assaulting Owen 
in prison. The FBI had been very indiscreet after one 
of their interviews with Owen by making their 
presence known in the prison cafeteria by loud 
talking and displaying notebooks with "FBI" written 
on them. The women concluded Owen was an 
informant, and assaulted her. As a result, Owen was 
moved to 'protective custody' and has been in 
virtual solitary confinement ever since. 

On March 8, the FB! took out a warrant to search 
Owen's cell. They were looking for a red file called 
"Alisha Owen VIP"(very important papers). Prison 
officials asked that an inventory be made of all 
articles taken. When the articles were returned, 
several were missing and had simply been 
scratched off the list. Letters dated March 27 and 
later were found in the material when it was 
returned. How did the FBI get them? Were they 
intercepting her mail? 

On March 9, the FBI arranged for Boner to 
phone Owen from their office to try to entrap her 
while taping the conversation. The tape was 
played in court. Owen kept telling Boner to just "tell 
the truth" but the media reports made it sound like 
Boner was telling that to Owen. This was over a 
month before his "recantation" became public 
knowledge. (Timing is everything.) 

The FBI agents never mentioned making a 
report to other law enforcement people regarding 


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the possibility that a crime had been committed 
against Owen. Although they claim they regarded 
Owen as a victim and took her claims seriously at 
the beginning, they testified at her trial that they 
never interviewed any of the people she'd 
accused. Where did the FBI get the information 
about the famed Red File? We need look no 
further than Owen’s 1 attorney, Pam Vuchetich. 
Vuchetich had let Owen down before by not filing 
a timely appeal in her conviction on the bad 
check charges. Now she was to totally betray the 
confidentiality of the attorney-client relationship. 
Vuchetich was collaborating with the FBI from early 
on. Phone records submitted during the perjury trial 
showed 177 phone calls from Vuchetich's office or 
home to the FBI between December of '89 and 
April '90, when the hoax theory began to be 
propagated. There was no record of how many 
calls the FBI made to her. By February, Vuchetich 
began publicly compromising the position of her 
clients by inappropriate statements to the media, 
allowing the witnesses to be interviewed, and 
turning confidential information over to the FBI. 
Privately, she had been heard to remark that she 
was doing things that could get her disbarred. But 
did they? No way!! When she was called before 
the discipline committee of the State Bar 
Association to explain herself, she was 
accompanied by.. ..you guessed it,. ..an FBI agent. 
No action was taken. 

The FBI had a good track to run on. The ground 
had been covered by Attorney General Spire and 
the NSP before them. It was clear from the 
testimony given by Spire and his assistant, William 
Howland, together with their investigator Tom 
Vlahoulis, that they had done nothing with the 
information turned over to them by the foster care 


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review board, nor did they intend to. 



THE PERJURY TRIAL 


Alisha Owen’s perjury trial began on May 17. 
Judge Raymond Case of Plattsmouth was brought 
out of retirement to preside over the trial in the 
Douglas County District court. In his opening 
remarks, prosecutor Gerald Moran made it plain 
that he was going to follow the grand jury script. 
Alisha Owen had collaborated with the other 
witnesses to tell their story for three reasons: to get 
out of jail; to make money from lawsuits, books, 
movies; and to be somebody. Defense attorney 
Henry Rosenthal said that Owen would not even 
be tried had she accused a common person. She 
was being punished for accusing prominent 
people and not backing down. 

The prosecution spent the majority of its time in 
painting Owen as a promiscuous tramp. But the 
charges against her were for perjury. The 
prosecution was not charged with proving that 
what she said was preposterous, but with proving 
that she said something that she herself did not 
believe to be true. The prosecution failed to prove 
this at ail, much less beyond a reasonable doubt. 

The outcome of the trial should not have been 
seriously in doubt. Before it even began, Judge 
Case ruled against several of the defense's pre-trial 
motions and consistently refused to allow important 
items to be introduced as evidence (for example 
the tapes of Boner and King). There was much in 
the way of evidence, the jury was not allowed to 
see. Even at that, it appeared early that the trial 
would end in a hung jury until Judge Case made 
some unusual remarks to the foreman. The last 


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noldouts were persuaded and they brought in their 
verdict of guilty on all eight counts. Coincidentally, it 
was June 21, the day of the satanists summer 
solstice. 

Since the trial ended, some of the jurors have 
had second thoughts and reports of irregularities in 
the trial process are beginning to surface. A 
deposition by Attorney Jerry Spence taken from 
Robert Wadman in a 1980 lawsuit had been 
introduced into evidence by the defense. It was 
important because it proved that Wadman had 
lied about not carrying a gun since 1973. When the 
jury requested that evidence during their 
deliberations, a 40 minute search was made of the 
Evidence Room. The evidence had disappeared 
and was not available. 

One of the jurors decided to check out the much 
vaunted security system of the Twin Towers. The 
prosecution tried to prove that it would have been 
impossible to gain entrance as easily as the kids 
had said they did. So, unannounced, the juror 
went to the Towers and found no guard at the 
door. They opened the door, went in and 
proceeded unhindered to the fourth floor. 
Coincidentally, Alan Baer had some problems with 
a security guard at the Towers who complained to 
Baer about all the traffic Baer was getting. The 
guard subsequently began videotaping arrivals 
and departures at Baer's apartment. The FBI 
picked up the tape the first part of March, 1990 and 
it was never seen again. 

Alisha Owen was sentenced August 8 to 9-15 
years in prison by Judge Case. She was reminded 
of all the reputations damaged by her testimony 
(clearly she was being made an example of to 
other potential "perjurers"). " Do you know of any 
place that sells reputations?" the judge asked. "It's 


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what you earn," Before Owen was sent off, he 
dismissed her with a cheery, "Good luck and God 
Bless you." 

Wadman's reputation apparently could be had 
for about $3,000. Approximately one year ago, he 
had filed a $4,000 suit against Owen’s 5 year old 
daughter Amanda, to recover his expenses for 
taking the blood test in connection with the 
paternity suit. In itemizing his expenses, he listed first 
class airfare from Chicago, 4 days of missed work 
and $800 for the blood test. (Owen paid $875 for 2 
tests.) Owen's attorney countered with a charge 
of filing false paper work, Wadman was on 
vacation at the time and had driven from his son's 
place in Arizona (not flown from Illinois). The suit was 
dropped and Wadman paid the $25 court fee. 
Records of the case can be purchased for $3.00 
from the clerk of the Douglas County Court, it is 
listed under: Robert Wadman vs. Amanda Jayne 
Owen. 

A motion for a retrial for Owen has been made 
and an appeal will surely be filed. Meanwhile, she 
is in prison, being held in solitary confinement (for 
her own protection) for the longest time any 
woman has been in solitary in the history of the state 
of Nebraska. Think about it! 

Did she have a fair trial? is the matter closed? The 
answer is, of course, NO to both questions!! 


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SOME AFTERTHOUGHTS 


The same day that Owen's jury found her guilty of 
eight counts of perjury, similar charges were 
dropped against Paul Bonacci, Was he happy 
about the news? No, he feels that now his story 
might not ever get told. But his attorney, John 
DeCamp, has filed a lawsuit against several 
individuals and groups Bonacci says were 
responsible for his abuse. A trial date has yet to be 
set. It will be interesting to see if Bonacci ever has 
his day in court. 

Larry King was indicted by the Federal Grand 
Jury on 40 counts of financial wrongdoing. He plea 
bargained it down to 3 counts and pled no contest 
so no testimony was ever heard in open court from 
his or his wife's lips. He was given a maximum 
sentence of 15 years (the same as Owen). Who 
says there's no equality under the law? 

Larry King was very much surprised when he 
received his stiff sentence. He had been 
confidently telling friends that he was going to get a 
light sentence or probation. He had been living a 
curtailed lifestyle but he was able to get by on the 
$3,000 a month his friends were funnelling to him 
through a North Omaha Church. The night before 
he was sentenced everyone was in good spirits 
and enjoying a party at his house. An attorney who 
had served on the Franklin board slipped in the 
back door and told him the bad news, then left. It 
really ruined the party. 

The pattern that seemed to be followed with the 
victim/witnesses and others sympathetic to them 
was as follows; 1) try to intimidate them and get 


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them to refuse to testify or recant; if that doesn't 
work, 2) then discredit them as witnesses who 
cannot be trusted. Rumors, innuendoes and 
character assassination are ail freely used- 3) If 
discrediting does not work, then use persecution. 
Attack their families, finances, and jobs, their friends, 
their reputation. If all these means fail, then 4) use 
violence against them or their families. 

All told, there were at least 15 deaths, under 
unusual circumstances, of people related to the 
Franklin case. Many more had been threatened. 
Topping the list was Gary Caradori and his son 
Andrew, and Shawn Boner (brother of Troy) who 
died of a Russian-Roulette gunshot wound on Jan 
17, 1991. On January 21, Alan Baer's longtime 
executive assistant, Claire Howard, was found 
dead in her bed. She had not been previously ill 
and the cause of death was undetermined. 
Denny Henson filed for bankruptcy in Feb of '91 
after being discredited in the media and harassed 
financially after disclosing DeCamp's memo. 
DeCamp lost over 80%of his clients as a lobbyist in 
the legislature. Senator Schmit has been physically 
threatened and financially harassed. Other 
senators fear to follow his leadership anymore. 
(Loran, we've got our jobs and families to think 
about.) Owen's defense attorney Henry 
Rosenthal's car was shot at. In November, Alisha 
Owen's brother was found dead in a correction 
center cell, supposedly a suicide by hanging. On 
11-14-90, Joe Maiek, Jr, the owner of Peony Park, 
committed suicide (the park was the location of 
several homosexual functions such as the Imperial 
Court; involving King and others). And, -- "the beat 
goes on." 

Could the grand jury have been a device to 
get all the pertinent evidence sealed? This would 


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ce a good reason for the Franklin Committee's 
ecords to be made public. 

A humorous side note: Larry King had a ticket to 
me fund raiser breakfast attended by George Bush 
n Omaha. The Secret Service was going over the 
guest list and 36 hours before the meeting, they 
nicked King up at the flower shop where he was 
working (pending his trial). Seventeen minutes later 
they had him before the judge who ruled him 
incompetent and they hustled him out of town so 
he wouldn’t be an embarrassment. They can really 
move when they want to. 

Mike Casey is presently in a California prison 
serving a sentence for drunk driving. Ironically, he 
has a brother in California who is reported to be in 
the FBI. Was Casey a plant? 

Troy Boner and Danny King were never 
polygraphed as reported by the Lincoln Star and 
the Omaha World-Flerald. None of the kids were, 
except Lisa Webb. And she passed. Polygraphs 
are expensive, but Paul Bonacci ('the pathetic 
witness who couldn't tell the truth') is willing to take 
one!! 

Karen Orminston, Gary Caradori's associate, 
also took a polygraph test. She wanted to refute 
the charges that Caradori had scripted or led the 
witnesses. She passed. 

A lot of grief could have been saved if the major 
figures in the Franklin Case had voluntarily taken 
polygraph tests (at some location other than the 
FBI). This would have been particularly true of 
Harold Andersen and Robert Wadman who were 
in particularly sensitive positions with respect to 
having the perceived power to perpetrate a 
cover up. To this date none of them have. 

7-23-90. Peter Citron was sentenced to 3-8 years 
for sexual assault on a minor after pleading no 


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contest. Not Franklin related of course. 

7-26-90 Alan Baer originally pleaded innocent to 
his Grand Jury indictment for pandering. He later 
pleaded 'No Contest" to a reduced charge and 
paid a $500 fine. (But it cost him a bundle in 
attorneys fees.) Not Franklin related of course. 

The "News Program/' '48 Hours' did a 
tremendous disservice to the media image for fair 
reporting. Reporting on the Perjury Trial of Alisha 
Owens, they chose to interview those on only one 
side of the issue. Their star performer? Troy Boner. 
The whole show was built around him. No one 
talked to Owen or Bonacci, Schmit or DeCamp, 
Caradori's widow, Sandee, or anyone else that 
knew the other side. Then to top it all off, the 
program was released just before the jury began 
their deliberations. (We said it before, timing is 
everything.) 

Former Omaha Police Chief Robert Wadman, 
who was fired for insubordination by Omaha Mayor 
Mike Boyle, was surrounded by new controversy 
and resigned ( was fired) from his new job as Chief 
of Police in Aurora, Illinois, Wadman was accused 
of using excessive force in the discipline of an 
officer. He recently was hired as Chief of Police in 
Wilmington, North Carolina. 

Carol Stitt of the foster care review board was 
going to document all the places the system did 
not hold up for the abused kids. By and large they 
were: Not believed... not protected ...not helped! 

The media's presentation of the grand jury 
proceedings left the impression that there were 
only six victim/witnesses involved. Actually, there 
were over 80 probable victim/witnesses. 

In December of 90, Dr. Judianne Densen- 
Gerber, a psychiatrist, and nationally known MPD 
expert, examined Paul Bonacci and his ties 


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with Franklin related individuals. She found him 
absolutely believable. She also testified before the 
committee and expressed her concerns about an 
outbreak of AIDS among the youth of Nebraska. 
NAMBLA (the North American Man-Boy Love 
Association) has considered Dr. Densen-Gerber 
their public enemy #1. Robert Dorr, OWH reporter 
made an intense and concerted attack against Dr. 
Densen-Gerber, even to the point of calling her 
clients and attacking her character and 
credentials (which are impressive). Some 
segments of his articles sounded like they came 
right out of a NAMBLA newsletter. 

All the information in this report was available to 
law enforcement agencies and grand juries. But 
we only covered the "tip of the Iceberg'; other 
books could and should and will be written. 

The real tragedy of the Franklin Case was the 
corrupting of public institutions and agencies and 
the corresponding decrease in public confidence 
in the integrity of the system. And the kid's didn't do 
it! 

Alvin Owen, Alisha's father, said it best: "The system 
only works when honest people are working it." 

“A senseless man has no knowledge: 
nor does a stupid man understand this; 
that when the wicked sprouted up like grass, 
and all who did iniquity flourished, 
it was only that they might be 
destroyed forevermore; 

But thou, O Lord, art on high forever. 

For behold, thine enemies, O Lord, 

For behold thine enemies will perish; 

All who do iniquity will be scattered.” 

Psalms 92: 6-9 NAS 


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FRANKLIN TIME LINE 


00-00-65 PETER CITRON ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE SCARSDALE , N.Y. 
(CHARGES DROPPED) . 

10-08-65 LARRY KING ENLISTS IN AIR FORCE - DENVER, COLO . 

12-31-68 FRANKLIN CREDIT UNION FOUNDED. 

08-00-70 LARRY KING BECOMES MANAGER OF FRANKLIN CREDIT UNION. 

08-00-72 LARRY KING BECOMES PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OF FRANKLIN CREDIT 
UNION. 

00-00-72 TOM HARVEY, TEACHER AT BURKE HIGH SCHOOL, OMAHA, NE . FIRED 
FOR (?) LATER BECAME ACCOUNTANT FOR FRANKLIN CREDIT UNION. 

02-00-76 PAUL BONACCI WAS ABUSED BY PRIEST AT SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH 


07-04-76 PAUL BONACCI, 3RD GRADE - MEETS NATE?. FALTER CARLSON, AN OLDER MAN IN 
HANSCOM PARK. AFTER GAINING HIS TRUST OVER SEVERAL MONTHS, CARLSON 
INTRODUCES HIM TO FONDLING AND ORAL SEX. CARLSON INTRODUCED HIM TO 
JOE BURKE AND LATER ASKED HIM TO PERFORM ORAL SEX ON SEVERAL MEN AT 
SMALL PARTIES. 

07-00-76 FRANKLIN FRAUD BEGINS WHEN TOM HARVEY TAKES OVER AS ACCOUNTANT 

AND DISCOVERS THE MANIPULATION OF FCU ACCOUNTS BY LARRY KING FOR 
HIS OWN PERSONAL EXPENSES - CONSPIRACY TO COVER UP BEGINS. 

BY 12-76 SHORTAGE OF $400,000. 

00-00-77 PAUL BONACCI HAS SEX WITH MANY MEN WHO REFER TO HIM AND OTHER 
BOYS AS PETS. 

00-00-77 4TH GRADE. CONTINUES RELATIONSHIP WITH WALTER CARLSON ATTENDING 
PARTIES AND HAVING SEX WITH OTHER MEN THRU 1978. (PAUL BONACCI) 

00-00-78 PAUL BONACCI ATTENDS SEX PARTIES AT ALAN BAER'S APARTMENT AT 
TWIN TOWERS . 

12-00-78 PAUL BONACCI STARTS SEXUAL ARRANGEMENT WITH HAROLD ANDERSEN - 



FIRST TIME AT RED LION INN. 

00-00-79 PAUL BONACCI FILMED IN KIDDIE PORN MOVIES. 

00-00-79 PAUL BONACCI INTRODUCED TO PETER CITRON AT PEONY PARK - CONTINUED 
SEX WITH HIM FOR YEARS . 

08-00-79 PAUL BONACCI MEETS WITH ALAN BAER AT MILK RUN, OMAHA, CONTINUED 
TO HAVE SEX WITH BAER FOR YEARS . 

12-00-79 PAUL BONACCI HAD SEX WITH PETER CITRON, HAROLD ANDERSEN AND 
ANOTHER CHILD. 

12-00-80 PAUL BONACCI MEETS LARRY KING AT THE TRIANGLE IN SARPY COUNTY 
WHERE A BABY BOY WAS SACRIFICED AND HIS BLOOD AND URINE DRUNK. 

00-00-81 AN ANONYMOUS LETTER IS SENT TO THE NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ASSOC. 

DETAILING CONCERNS ABOUT FRANKLIN CREDIT UNION. A LIMITED ONSIGHT 
INVESTIGATION REVEALS NOTHING (ACTUALLY A SHORTAGE OF APPROX. 
$400,000 EXISTED BETWEEN 1976 AND 1984. 


02- 00-81 PAUL BONACCI BEATEN BECAUSE EE REEVE EE 71 PARTICIPATE IN SATANIC 

CULT ACTIVITY. 

03- 12-81 PAUL BONACCI SAW ALAN BAER AT SATANIC RITUAL WHERE THEY DRANK 

HUMAN BLOOD MIXED WITH URINE . 

08-00-81 PAUL BONACCI WENT OUT OF TOWN WITH ALAN BAER ON "SCAVENGER HUNT" RE- 
CRUITING NEW CHILDREN. 

00-00-82 PAUL BONACCI FLOWN TO CALIFORNIA TO PARTICIPATE IN ORGIES BY PETER 
CITRON. 

00-00-82 PAUL BONACCI FILMED BY TEACHER, MIKE HEAVERIN IN NAZI UNIFORMS ENGAG- 
ING IN BIZARRE ACTIVITY. 

00-00-82 SUMMER - MEETS ANDERSEN, FOWLER, DAVIS; ENGAGED IN SEX FOR MONEY OR 
DRUGS . 

02-05-82 POLICE CHIEF WADMAN HIRED . 


02-28-82 FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE FILES LAWSUITS TRYING TO BLOCK WADMAN' S AP- 



PQINTMENT AS POLICE CHIEF - JUDGE BUCKLY REFUSED TO BLOCK 
APPOINTMENT . 

06-00-82 MEETS ALAN BAER AND LARRY KING AT A PARTY. (PAUL BONACCI) 

00-00-83 JAMES DANIEL "DANNY" KING FIRST MEETS ALAN BAER (INTRODUCED BY TROY 
BONER) HE WAS 13/14 YRS . OLD. SAW HIM APPROX. EVERY WEEK THEREAFTER 
FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT SEVEN MONTHS - SAME BASIC FORMAT (MEET AT BAER'S 
RESIDENCE - DRINK SCHNAPPS - PARTICIPATE IN ORAL SEX) . 

00-00-83 WINTER - ANOTHER MEETING DEVIL WORSHIP - ANOTHER SMALL BOY SACRIFICED. 
(BONACCI) 

04-01-83 HAROLD W. ANDERSEN SPOKE AT FRANKLIN CREDIT UNION ANNUAL MEETING, 

APRIL FOOLS- DAY . 

08-00-83 ALISHA OWEN MEETS LARRY KING AND ROBERT WADMAN THRU JEFF HUBBELL FROM 
BT - PARTY AT TWIN TOWERS (ALFIE ALLEN'S APT) . 

08-00-83 PRESENT AT TWIN TOWER PARTY LK - WADMAN- BAER - ANDERSEN AND OTHERS. 
(ALISHA OWEN) 


08- 12-83 MET ALAN BAER THRU ROD BYE?. - ENIN TOWERS ROOM #201 (BAER'S APT) ORAL 

SEX FOR MONEY $200. (TROY BCNZR) 

09- 00-83 PARTY AT ALAN BAER'S PENTHOUSE WITH ALAN BAER, ROBERT WADMAN, HAROLD 

ANDERSEN, TROY BONER, DANNY KING, ALISHA OWEN AMONG OTHERS. (PAUL BO- 
NACCI) 

09- 00-83 ROOM 201 ORAL AND ANAL SEX $300. (TROY BONER) 

10- 00-83 2 SESSIONS ORAL SEX $150. RAN NAKED ON TREADMILL, SECRETARY CLAIRE 

CALLED. (TROY BONER) 

11- 01-83 COMMONWEALTH SAVINGS CO. OF LINCOLN FAILS. 

00-00-84 LK ASKED TROY BONER AND ALISHA OWEN TO HAVE SEX WITH EACH OTHER IN THE 
PRESENCE OF BOB WADMAN. (15-16 AGES) 


01-00-84 PERFORMED ORAL SEX ON BAER $15C. (TROY BONER) 


01-00-84 DANNY KING IS INTRODUCED TO COCAINE BY ALAN BAER. 




02-05-84 BAER ASKED HIM TO TAKE A TRIP TO DES MOINES (MERCEDES) ACCOMPANIED BY 
SHAWN (13) $200. (DANNY KING) 

02-08-84 EDWARD HOBBS, A TELLER FOR 5 YEARS AT FRANKLIN CREDIT UNION, WRITES A 
MEMO TO FRANKLIN BOARD, ALLEGING EMBEZZLEMENT AND OTHER IMPROPRIETIES 
AT FRANKLIN CREDIT UNION. HE IS FIRED THE FOLLOWING DAY AFTER SHOWING 
THE MEMO TO LAWRENCE E. KING JR., FRANKLIN MGR. AND TREASURER. MEMO 
WAS ALSO SUPPLIED TO ATTORNEY AND LEGISLATOR, PETER HOAGLAND AND STATE 
BANKING DIRECTOR ROGER BEVERAGE . BEVERAGE 

RESPONSE TO HOBBS WAS "WE'VE BEEN WATCHING LARRY KING FOR SOME TIME. 

WE ARE AWARE OF HIS LIVING BEYOND HIS MEANS. HOWEVER, THE DEPARTMENT 
CAN'T DO ANYTHING BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO SEEM LIKE "THE BIG BAD 
WHITE GUY JUMPING ON THE TINY, BLACK CREDIT UNION." 

04- 00-84 DANNY MEETS LARRY KING AT ALAN BAER RESIDENCE. (TWIN TOWERS) 

05- 00-84 SAW BAER AT THE MAX - WENT TO TWIN TOWERS FOR 2 DAYS - BAER TOOK POR- 

NOGRAPHIC POLAROIDS - $40. (TROY BONER) 

07-00-84 TROY BONER FIRST MET LK AT THE MAX BAR - (ALAN BAER HAD TOLD LK ABOUT 


HIM) CONTINUED HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH LK UNTIL OCT. '86. 

08-00-84 SUMMER - LARRY KING HOLDS LAVISH PARTY AT DALLAS TV SET SOUTHFORKS FOR 
GOP CONVENTION. 

08-00-84 MEETS TROY BONER. (ALISHA OWEN) 

08- 17-84 THE MAX - LK GAVE HIM $100 - WENT TO RED LION INN - ORAL SEX - ADDI- 

TIONAL $50 - TWO WEEKS - DAILY $50 EACH TIME. (TROY BONER) 

09- 00-84 END OF SEPT. FIRST TWO AND ONE HALF WEEKS OF OCT. LK MOVED HIM TO 

TRAVELODGE ON 48TH AND DODGE - 3 WEEKS $800 - URINATED ON LK (GOLDEN 
SHOWERS) FIRST ANAL SEX $100. (TROY BONER) 

09-00-84 THRU 10-84 LISA WEBB TAKEN TO CHICAGO BY LARRY KING ALONG 

WITH 15-20 BOYS FROM OMAHA (ROD EVANS AND TWO OTHERS NAMED EVANS ON 
THE PLANE) . 

11-00-84 310 NO. 34TH - LARRY KING RENTED HIM AN APT. (LANDLORD MRS. TICE) SAW 

HIM WEEKLY FOR ORAL AND ANAL SEX ( 8TH GRADER NAMED SCOTT) (TROY BONER) 

11-00-84 JEPSEN - FORMER REPUBLICAN U.S. SENATOR FROM IOWA - WAS DEFEATED BY 



TOM HAWKINS - PRESIDENT REAGAN APPOINTED JEPSEN NATIONAL CREDIT UNION 
ASSOC. (NCUA) CHAIRMAN. 

12-00-84 A PARTY WAS HELD WITH PAUL BONACCI, PETER CITRON, HAROLD ANDERSEN AND 
LARRY KING IN ATTENDANCE . 

00-00-85 ( 1 1TH GRADE) BEGINS TO RECEIVE THREATS FROM ANDERSEN, BURKE, AND 

CARLSON THRU 1986. (PAUL BONACCI) 

00-00-85 FALL - WALLY WEBB RUNS AWAY FROM HOME MAKES ALLEGATIONS OF PHYSICAL 
BRUTALITY AGAINST THE WEBBS . 

00- 00-85 SPRING - ADDITIONAL MEETINGS AND HUMAN SACRIFICES (3 CHILDREN) . (PAUL 

BONACCI) 

01- 00-85 PARTY AT BRANDEIS BLDG WITH LK. (TROY BONER) 

02- 00-85 SEEING LK APPROX. ONCE A WEEK. (TROY BONER) 

03- 00-85 SEEING LK APPROAX. ONCE A WEEK. (TROY BONER) 


04- 00-85 SEEING LK APPROX. ONCE A WEEK. (TROY BOXER) 

05- 01-85 AMANDA JAYNE OWEN IS BORN. (ALISHA OWEN) 

05-00-85 SEEING LK APPROX. ONCE A WEEK. (TROY BONER) 

05- 00-85 TROY BONER TALKED WITH FRIEND DANNY KING ABOUT WHERE HE WAS GETTING 

HIS MONEY. WENT TO ALAN BAER'S APT. AT TWIN TOWERS WITH FRIEND DANNY 
KING (AGE 16) DANNY REC'D $400. 

06- 00-85 WENT TO PARTY AT BRANDEIS BLDG WITH LK (ALCOHOL AND COCAINE) . 

06- 10-85 DSS RECEIVES CALL FROM WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT STATING 

MCCHRISTIAN CHILDREN HAD BEEN REMOVED FROM HOME OF JARRETT AND BARBARA 
WEBB DUE TO CHILD ABUSE COMPLAINTS . 

07- 00-85 WENT TO PARTY AT BRANDEIS BLDG WITH LK (ALCOHOL AND COCAINE) . (TROY 

BONER) 


08-12-85 PARTY AT WOODMAN TOWER BALLROOM. LK TOOK THEM TO AN OFFICE 7-8 FLOORS 
DOWN FORCED TO HAVE SEX WITH HIS FRIEND DANNY BY LK (PLAYING "BURN- 



OUT") (RUSTY NELSON TOOK PICTURES) $200. (TROY BONER) 


10-00-85 TROY BONER INVITED ALISHA OWEN TO PARTY AT TWIN TOWER, INTRODUCED ALI- 
SHA TO ROB WADMAN AT REQUEST OF LK (SHE CONTINUED HER RELATIONSHIP 
WITH WADMAN UNTO APPROX OCT. '86.) 

10-00-85 PARTY IN DUNDEE. (TROY BONER) 

12-19-85 OMAHA - THIRTEEN ARRESTED IN PORN OPERATION IN OMAHA (CONNECTIONS TO 
LINCOLN BUT MOST NAMES NEVER REVEALED) . 

12-25-85 CURTIS D. TUCKER "APPARENT SUICIDE" SIGNATURE ON SUICIDE NOTE DID NOT 
MATCH OTHER SAMPLES OF DECEASED SIGNATURE. 

12-30-85 PAT FLOCKEN APPOINTED GUARDIAN AD LITEM FOR LISA AND TRACY WEBB - BAR- 
BARA WEBB REQUESTS THEY BE REMOVED FROM THE WEBB HOME. 

01-00-86 THRU 2-86 TASHA AND ROBERT WEBB REMOVED FROM HOME. PAT FLOCKEN AP- 
POINTED G.A.L. LISA TOOK 4 POLYGRAPH TESTS AND PASSED ALL. WASHINGTON 
COUNTY ATTORNEY (PAT TRIPP) MAKES DECISION NOT TO PROSECUTE. 


01- 02-86 LISA AND TRACY WEBB AT NEW FOSTER HOME OF KATHLEEN AND RON SORENSEN 

IN BLAIR FIRST ALLEGATIONS BY LISA OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY JARRETT WEBB. 

02- 02-86 LISA WEBB PASSES LIE DETECTOR TEST ON SUBJECT OF SEXUAL CHILD ABUSE - 

CHILD ACCOMPANIED BY KATHLEEN SORENSEN, FOSTER MOTHER OF MANY RITU- 
ALLY ABUSED CHILDREN. 

02- 00-86 PETITION BY STATE DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVICES TO TAKE GIRLS AWAY FROM 

PARENTS, (BARBARA WEBB IS A COUSIN OF LARRY KING) - BASED ON REPORT 
ALLEGING CHILDREN WERE ABUSED BY THE WEBBS. 

03- 00-86 JULIE WALTERS PREPARED REPORT FOR CAROL STITT RE: INTERVIEW WITH LISA 

AND TRACY WEBB IN 1986. 

03-00-86 JULIE WALTERS INTERVIEWS LISA AND TRACY WEBB WHILE SHE IS EMPLOYED BY 
BOYS TOWN. 

03-00-86 HOLIDAY INN - CROWN ST. BELLEVUE SAW BOB WADMAN HAVING SEX WITH UNI- 
DENTIFIED BOY (15-16) . (TROY BONER) 

03-00-86 PAT FLOCKEN CONTACTED BY JULIE WALTERS OF BOYS TOWN RE: ALLEGATIONS. 




MADE BY LISA WEBB AND INDIVIDUALS FROM BOYS TOWN BEING AT THE PARTIES. 


03-00-86 KIRSTIN HALLBERG CONTACTED OPD - BILL SKALESKE RE: WEBB CHILDREN AND 
LARRY KING (SKALESKE IS NOW DEC'D) 

03-00-86 JULIE WALTERS PREPARES REPORT FOR BOYS TOWN. 

03-10-86 WADMAN ATTENDED PARTIES AT KINGS. 

03-20-86 RICHARD CHADEK (FT. CALHOUN) ABDUCTED AND MURDERED . 

03- 25-86 LISA WEBB BEGINS REVEALING ALLEGATIONS CONCERNING PROSTITUTION AND 

ABUSE BY LARRY KING AT VARIOUS PARTIES IN SEVERAL CITIES. (WALLY AND 
TRACY ALSO PRESENT) . 

04- 11-86 KIRSTIN HALLBERG AND KATHLEEN SORENSEN GIVE INFO TO NSP JIM AVERY AND 

LT. GALLARDO RE: LARRY KING PARTIES AND YOUNG CHILDREN ALSO TO OMAHA 
PD SGT. GREG HOFFMAN AND MARY KAY BRUNER 

04-21-86 PAUL BONACCI REVEALS HIS HISTORY OF SEXUAL ABUSE TO SCHOOL AUTHORITIES 
AT NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL. OPD CONTACTED. REPORTS ON CARLSON , BURKE , 


BRUNER, ANDERSEN, CLARK, BAER, KING - OPD COVER UP. HOSPITALIZED 
AT NPI, REVEALS ABOVE NAMED AND DOZENS Of OTHER MEN. 

06-00-86 HAROLD ANDERSEN RAISED $600,000 TO PAY FOR RENOVATION OF FRANKLIN 
CREDIT UNION. 

06-29-86 WADMAN ATTENDED PARTIES AT KINGS. 

11-10-86 CHARLIE ROGERS, LARRY KING’S LOVER COMMITS SUICIDE (HE TOLD HIS FAMILY 
IF ANYTHING HAPPENED TO HIM CONTACT ASST. COUNTY ATTORNEY SIGLER) 

11- 14-86 WADMAN IS FIRED BY MAYOR BOYLE FOR INSUBORDINATION. 

12- 05-86 KIRSTIN HALLBERG & KATHLEEN SORENSEN SPOKE WITH JOHN EVANS FBI OMAHA 

RE : LARRY KING ALLEGATIONS - EVANS STATED FBI HAD LOCATED 3 WITCHES 
COVENS WHILE INVESTIGATING CHADEK MURDER. 

03-00-87 JUDGE DAVIS (WHO LATER PRESIDED OVER THE OWEN PATERNITY CASE) REIN- 
STATES POLICE CHIEF WADMAN. (WHO HAD BEEN IN WASHINGTON, D. C . IN THE 
INTERIM) . 




06-00- 


DONA- 


KING SPENT $4.6 MILLION ON ELABORATE PARTIES, EXPENSIVE GIFTS, 

TIONS AND ENTOURAGES OF YOUNG MEN WHO ACCOMPANIED HIM BETWEEN 6-87 AND 
10 - 88 . 

06-00-87 KING DONATED $16,000 TO OMAHA PRESS CLUB BETWEEN 6-87 AND 10-88. 

12-00-87 MARY LEWIS AT UTA HALLEE RECEIVES INFO ABOUT YOUNG CHILDREN IN OMAHA 
BEING USED IN PORNO MOVIES. 

12-15-87 FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD REVIEWS CASE OF TASHA WEBB. 

12-30-87 FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD (CAROL STITT) ADVISED BY GUARDIAN AD LITEM 
(PAT FLOCKEN) OF SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST LARRY KING MADE BY 
THE WEBB CHILDREN (LISA) (MRS. WEBB A COUSIN OF LARRY KING) 

01-02-87 PAT FLOCKEN RECEIVES FIRST INDICATION FROM LISA WEBB RE: SEXUAL ABUSE 

AND PARTIES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND TO BAHAMAS. (NOTIFIED NSP JANE TOO- 
LEY AND COUNTY ATTORNEY PAT TRIPP) . 

01-25-88 EXECUTIVE BOARD (FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD) MEETS INFORMS PAT FLOCKEN 
OF REVIEW, TOLD THAT FR. VAL PETERS OF BOYS TOWN HAD BEEN CONDUCTING 


HIS OWN INVESTIGATION OF LARRY KING (LATER DENIED HE HAD DONE ANY IN- 
VESTIGATION. ) (SEE JULIE WALTERS) 

03-00-88 SPRING - GREG HOFFMAN OPD - INVESTIGATION OF FT. CALHOUN CAVE FOR CULT 
ACTIVITY. 

03-00-88 FRANKLIN PROBE BEGAN. 

03- 00-88 KIRSTIN HALLBERG MET WITH JIM AVERY NSP AND WAYNE FLORA WASHINGTON 

COUNTY SHERIFF RE: ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE WEBBS AND KING. 

04- 00-88 MAYOR CALLINGER AND WIFE QUIT FRANKLIN’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS (4TH OMAHA 

MAYOR IN TWO YEARS) . 

04-00-88 PAT TRIPP, COUNTY ATTORNEY, RESIGNS AFTER WRITING LETTER TO PARENTS OF 
CLIFF MORRIS TO SAY THERE WAS INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO FILE CHARGES 
AGAINST SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, KENT MILLER. 

04-00-88 DEWARD FINCH RESIGNS AS FT. CALHOUN SCHOOL SUPT. CITING ILLNESS AS THE 
REASON (CITIZENS INVESTIGATION WAS GOING ON CONCERNING HIS HANDLING OF 
SCHOOL FINANCES) . 



05-00-88 LARRY KING FORMS COUNCIL OF MINORITY AMERICANS WITH ALEXANDER HAIG, 

JACK KEMP, AND FORMER PRES. FORD ON THE COMMITTEE - THREE MONTHS LAT- 
ER, COUNCIL SPONSORS $100,000 GALA PARTY AT THE NEW ORLEANS REPUBLICAN 
NATIONAL CONVENTION. 

05-00-88 OMAHA FBI AND KEN BANNING FBI CONTACTED BY HALLBERG. 

05-01-88 THRU 6-15-88 CAPT JOHN F. MITCHELL OPD RECEIVES SEVERAL BRIEFINGS 
FROM LT. GOODRICH OF THE ROBBERY SEXUAL ASSAULT UNIT CONCERNING THE 
LARRY KING INVESTIGATION (THIS IS PRIOR TO CHRIS CARMEAN INTERVIEWING 
THE 15 YEAR OLD GIRL AT RICHARD YOUNG HOSPITAL ON 6-28-88.) 

05-04-88 MARGARET BITS -DSS - INQUIRES OF CAROL STITT CONCERNING ALLEGATIONS 
AGAINST LARRY KING. 

05-05-88 LYNN CUNNINGHAM KCPD - "WHEN ARE YOU PEOPLE IN NEBRASKA GOING TO DO 
SOMETHING ABOUT LARRY KING?" 

05-17-88 FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD RECEIVES A CALL FROM KIRSTIN HALLBERG GIVING 
INFO ON SEXUAL ACTIVITIES OF LARRY KING WITH CHILDREN (UTA HALLE HOME 


FOR GIRLS, BOYS TOWN AND OMAHA GIRLS CLUB) . 

06-00-88 TESTIMONY OF CAROL STITT THAT SHE HAD CONTACTED LYNN CUNNINGHAM (KCPD) 
WHO GAVE INFO THAT LARRY KING HAD BEEN IN THEIR AREA, MADE CONTRIBU- 
TIONS TO A BOYS HOME AND, THAT WHEN HE LEFT - 3 BOYS CAME FORWARD WITH 
ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE. 

06-00-88 SUMMER - OPD RECEIVES ALLEGATIONS CONCERNING LARRY KING AND PHOTO- 
GRAPHING "YOUNG LADIES" AT TWIN TOWERS APT. 

06-00-88 GRADUATES FROM HIGH SCHOOL. (PAUL BONACCI) 

06-27-88 15 YEAR OLD GIRL ADMITTED TO RICHARD YOUNG HOSPITAL. 

06-28-88 KIRSTIN HALLBERG SPEAKS TO CHRIS CARMEAN OPD RE: ALLEGATIONS MADE BY 
LISA AND TRACY WEBB AGAINST THE WEBBS AND LARRY KING. 

06-28-88 OPD RECEIVES INFO FROM RICHARD YOUNG HOSPITAL CONCERNING PATIENT, 

ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE AND WITNESSING A HOMICIDE (OFFICER CHRIS 
CARMEAN ASSIGNED - LATER TAKEN OFF THE CASE THRU TRANSFER) . 



07-00-88 HALLBERG CONTACTED REVIEW BOARD RE: 15 YR. OLD GIRL AT RICHARD YOUNG 
HOSPITAL AND LARRY KING AND HOMICIDE. 

07-00-88 KIRSTIN HALLBERG PERSONAL VISIT WITH CHRIS CARMEAN OPD (CARMEAN RE- 
FERRED TO LARGE FILE ON LARRY KING) ALSO MORE INFO RE: LISA AND 
TRACY WEBB . 

07-00-88 CAROL STITT CONTACTS KERMIT MCMURRY, HEAD OF DSS . 

07-13-88 GOVERNOR ORR GIVES GO AHEAD TO CAROL STITT TO PURSUE ALLEGATIONS. 

07-15-88 CAROL STITT RECEIVES COPY OF JULIE WALTERS BOYS TOWN INVESTIGATION 
FROM PAT FLOCKEN. 

07-18-88 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING OF FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD - DECISION MADE TO 
TURN ALL INFO OVER TO ATTORNEY GENERAL BOB SPIRE AND OPD. 

07-20-88 DENNIS CARLSON CONTACTS OPD CHRIS CARMEAN. IS TOLD THEY ARE ALREADY 
INVESTIGATING LARRY KING AND THAT CHIEF WADMAN HAS NOT BEEN TOLD. 

07-20-88 FOSTER' CARE REVIEW BOARD REPORT ON SEXUAL ABUSE OF FOSTER CHILDREN. 


07-20-88 FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD CONTACTS ATTORNEY GENERAL ROBERT SPIRE BY 
PHONE. 

07-21-88 DENNIS CARLSON MEETS WITH ASST. AG BILL HOWLAND. 

07-25-88 STATE FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD ASKED ATTORNEY GENERAL, ROBERT SPIRE TO 
INVESTIGATE. 

07-25-88 OPD INVESTIGATORS HOCH AND CARMEAN BRIEFED BY FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD 
MEMBER DENNIS CARLSON IN HIS OFFICE. 

07- 25-88 DENNIS CARLSON MEETS WITH AG INVESTIGATOR TOM VLAHOULIS AND DELIVERS 

INFO THEY HAVE. 

08- 00-88 SUMMER - KING HOSTED $100,000 PARTY AT NEW ORLEANS GOP CONVENTION. 

PAUL BONACCI GOES TO NEW ORLEANS FOR KING'S PARTY AT GOP CONVENTION - 
HAS SEX WITH KING AND MANY OTHER MEN AND BOYS. 

08-29-88 OFFICER CHRIS CARMEAN TELLS DENNIS CARLSON HE WILL BE REINTERVIEWING 
THE GIRL AT RICHARD YOUNG (HE NEVED DID) . 



09-00-88 POLICE OFFICER CARMEAN (WHO WAS A PROFESSIONAL AND SYMPATHETIC TO THE 
VICTIMS) TRANSFERRED OUT OF SEX ASSAULT UNIT. 

09-02-88 ERICKSON AND SEDERSTROM WROTE AN IN-HOUSE MEMO ABOUT STATUS OF GRAND 
JURY (WILLIAM MORROW, ATTORNEY, REPRESENTED LARRY KING) . 

09- 20-88 MONA WAY - DSS CONTACTS DENNIS CARLSON TO INFORM HIM KERMIT MCMURRY 

WAS MEETING WITH THE GOVERNOR THAT MORNING AND NEEDED INFO TO PRESENT 
- WAS TOLD TO CONTACT AG OFFICE FOR INFO. 

10- 00-88 LARRY KING SPENT $5, 000 FLYING CAST OF "LA CAGE AUX FOLLIES" A LOS AN- 

GELES NIGHT CLUB ACT OF FEMALE IMPERSONATORS TO OMAHA FOR A BENEFIT 
FOR AIDS TREATMENT. 

10-02-88 LARRY KING FUND RAISERS FOR D.C. BOARD OF HUMAN RIGHTS CAMP FUND - 
LOBBY FOR GAY AND LESBIAN RIGHTS FUNDRAISER AT N.Y. WALDORF ASTORIA 
DONATES $18,000 OF FRANKLIN FUNDS. 

10-17-88 DENNIS CARLSON CONTACTS BILL HOWLAND ON WHY NO FOLLOW UP BY OPD ON 15 
YR. OLD GIRL. ASSURED "HE WAS ON TOP OF THE SITUATION." SAID THERE 
"WAS GOOD REASON" CARMEAN HAD NOT REINTERVIEWED THE GIRL. 


10- 28-88 CAROL STITT HAS FOLLOW UP MEETING WITH KERMIT MCMURRAY "TRULY A TRAGIC 

SITUATION AND WE'RE STAYING WITH IT." 

11- 10-88 L. HARMAN TUCKER, SUPERINTENDENT OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, COUNCIL 

BLUFFS PUBLIC SCHOOL FOUND SLAIN IN GEORGIA 

11-00-88 LOWNDES COUNTY - VALDOSTA, GA - JURY INDICTS IN MURDER AND KIDNAP OF 
L. HARMAN TUCKER. 

11-04-88 FRANKLIN CREDIT UNION CLOSED BY FBI AND IRS. IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS 
$37,000,000 IN SECRET LIABILITIES WERE DISCOVERED. PREVIOUSLY FRANKLIN 
CREDIT UNION LEDGERS SHOWED $2.6 MILLION IN LIABILITIES. A TOTAL OF 
OVER $39,000,000 WERE DISCOVERED DESPITE FEDERAL AGENCY'S POLICIES 
WHICH REQUIRE UNANNOUNCED EXAMS OF CREDIT UNIONS ONCE A YEAR. 


11-07-88 KIRSTIN HALLBERG CONTACTS FBI. 


11-18-88 LEGISLATURE PASSES RESOLUTION TO INVESTIGATE FRANKLIN CREDIT UNION 


11-21-88 SENATOR ERNIE CHAMBERS MEETS WITH AG ROBERT SPIRE TO DETERMINE WHAT 




PROGRESS IS BEING MADE ON THE ALLEGATIONS BROUGHT BY STATE FOSTER CARE 
REVIEW BOARD . NONE REPORTED . 

11-21-88 FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD RECEIVES ADDITIONAL INFO FROM RICHARD YOUNG 
HOSPITAL RE: NEW ALLEGATIONS OF CULT ACTIVITIES AND SACRIFICES OF 
SMALL CHILDREN AND SEXUAL ABUSE . 

11-22-88 DENNIS CARLSON CONFERS WITH U.S. ATTORNEY TOM THALREN WHO MENTIONS THE 
SCOPE OF THE FEDERAL INVESTIGATION. 

11-22-88 DENNIS CARLSON ASKS MIKE HOCH OPD IF CHIEF WADMAN KNEW OF INVESTIGA- 
TION. HE REPLIES, "YES." 

11-22-88 CAROL STITT AND DENNIS CARLSON MEET WITH ASST AG BILL HOWLAND TO TURN 
OVER ADDITIONAL INFO ON RICHARD YOUNG PATIENT - APPARENTLY NOTHING OF 
SUBSTANCE HAD BEEN DONE ON THE CASE. 

11-29-88 CAROL STITT'S ASSISTANT TOLD BY GOVERNOR ORR STAFF MEMBER "THE GOVERN- 
OR DOES NOT WANT TO BECOME INVOLVED AT THIS TIME." 

11-29-88 KIRSTIN HALLBERG CALLS SENATOR ERNIE CHAMBERS. 


11-29-88 KATHLEEN SORENSEN AND KIRSTIN HALLBERG MET WITH ERNIE CHAMBERS TO DIS- 
CUSS ALLEGATIONS BY LISA AND TRACY WEBB AGAINST LARRY KING. 

11- 30-88 KIRSTIN HALLBERG TALKED WITH JIM FLANERY OMAHA WORLD HERALD REPORTER 

WHO SAID HE WAS CHECKING ON "SUICIDES" OF CHUCK ROGERS AND CURTIS 
TUCKER (BOTH ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH KING) DID NOT GET 
PERMISSION FROM OWH TO RUN HIS STORIES. 

12- 06-88 KIRSTIN HALLBERG MEETS WITH TOM VLAHOULIS AND BILL HOWLAND OF AG OF- 

FICE AT THE STATE PATROL OFFICE. 

12-07-88 OMAHA WORLD-HERALD - "SUNDAY, KING SAID HE SUSPECTS THAT THE FRANKLIN 
CASE INVOLVES MORE THAN THE CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT ALLEGATIONS. HE 
DECLINED TO BE SPECIFIC, BUT NOTED THAT FBI AGENTS CONVERGED ON THE 
CREDIT UNION WHEN THE NCUA CLOSED IT NOV. 4TH . " 

12-07-88 LARRY E. KING, JR. DENIED DIVERTING MORE THAN $34,000,000 FROM FRANK- 
LIN’S FUNDS. HE ASKED THAT THE COURT DISMISS THE CIVIL LAWSUIT 
AGAINST HIM BY NCUA. HE ALSO ASKED FOR A JURY TRIAL. 


12-13-88 LINCOLN JOURNAL ARTICLE "SPIRE TOLD OWH MONDAY THAT HIS OFFICE HAS 




BEEN INVESTIGATING THE MATTER SINCE IT FIRST CAME TO THEIR ATTENTION - 
MID JULY." {THEY HADN'T DONE ANYTHING OF SIGNIFICANCE) . 

12-14-88 FBI, JERRY TUCKER, AND STATE PATROL CONTACTS FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD 
AND QUESTIONS CHILDREN'S RELIABILITY AND CREDIBILITY. ALSO STATED 
CHILD ABUSE ISSUES ARE HANDLED IN THE LOCAL AREA AND ARE NOT A MATTER 
THE FBI GETS INVOLVED IN. 

12-15-88 KIRSTIN HALLBERG MEETS WITH TOM VLAHOULIS OF AG OFFICE AND PETER BRADY 
FBI AT STATE PATROL OFFICE. VALHOULIS INFORMED HER HE WOULD NO LONGER 
BE CONNECTED WITH THE INVESTIGATION BUT THAT CHUCK PHILLIPS NEBRASKA 
STATE PATROL {NSP) WOULD BE TAKING OVER. 

12-16-88 15 YR. OLD GIRL REHOSPITALIZED UNDER ORDER OF DOUGLAS COUNTY ASST. LIZ 

CRNKOVICH. COURT ORDER FALSELY STATED SHE WAS "SUICIDAL" AND HAD BEEN 
"LIVING ON THE STREETS FOR TWO WEEKS." 

12-19-88 KIRSTEN HALLBERG RECEIVES THREATENING PHONE CALL. 

12-19-88 6:00 EVENING TV NEWS IN OMAHA MENTIONED THAT JIM FLANERY OWH WAS COV- 

ERING THE "SEX AND DRUGS” ANGLE OF THE KING CASE (FIRST MENTION OF 


DRUGS BY THE MEDIA?) . 

12-19-88 OMAHA WORLD HERALD ARTICLE QUOTES CHIEF WADMAN AS SAYING "I'M UNAWARE 
OF PROBE" (SEE STATEMENT OF HOCH TO CARLSON, 11-22-88.) 

12-20-88 SENATOR CHAMBERS TOLD BY 2 OPD OFFICERS WADMAN HAD STAYED IN KINGS 
WASHINGTON HOME. ALSO VERIFIED BY BURRELL WILLIAMS. 

12-20-88 KIRSTIN HALLBERG ADVISED BY JIM AVERY NSP THAT AG OFFICE IS TURNING 
EVERYTHING OVER TO STATE PATROL. 

12-21-88 JIM FLANERY INTERVIEW WITH JULIE WALTERS. 

12-24-88 KIRSTIN HALLBERG RECEIVES CALL FROM JIM FLANERY STATING HE HAD RE- 
CEIVED A PHONE CALL ALLEGING THE POSSIBILITY OF KINGS INVOLVEMENT IN 
THE DEATH OF DAN RYAN, A CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY STUDENT DISCOVERED DEAD 
IN A CAR BY ASPHYXIATION. 

12-25-88 STATE FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD TURNS OVER FILE REPORT OF SEXUAL 


ABUSE VICTIMS TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE. 
01-06-89 FOLLOWING CONTACTS BY FBI AND NSP, LISA WEBB INDICATES SHE IS 


UNWILLING TO TESTIFY {CONCERNED ABOUT BEING THE ONLY ONE TO TESTIFY) 


01- 10-89 FRANKLIN COMMITTEE CREATED BY LB 5 - NEBRASKA STATE LEGISLATURE SENA- 

TOR LORAN SCHMIT, CHAIRMAN. 

02- 00-89 SENATOR SCHMIT RECEIVED INTIMIDATING CALL FROM ROBERT WADMAN, "I'VE 

GOT SOMETHING ON ALL OF YOU." 

02-00-89 WARREN BUFFETT WHO HAD SERVED ON THE WORLD HERALD BOARD RESIGNED FROM 
BOARD. 

02-02-89 OMAHA FBI HEAD - NICOLAS O'HARA AND ROBERT WADMAN, OMAHA POLICE CHIEF, 
SAY THEY ARE UNSUCCESSFUL IN EFFORTS TO FIND EVIDENCE OF FRANKLIN RE- 
LATED CHILD ABUSE. 

02-05-89 JIM FLANERY ARTICLE ABOUT JARRETT AND BARBARA WEBB APPEARS IN OMAHA 
WORLD HERALD. 

02-09-89 FBI TURNS INVESTIGATION BACK - NICOLAS O'HARA SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE 
SAYS, "STORIES OF CHILD ABUSE DON'T STAND UP TO OUR SCRUTINY." 

02-10-89 15 YR. OLD GIRL INTERVIEWED BY OMAHA WORLD HERALD REPORTER JIM FLAN- 


02-19-89 SENATOR SCHMIT MEETING WITH LARRY KING. LARRY KING SAID HAROLD ANDER- 
SEN CALLS HIM ALL THE TIME "A LARGE NUMBER OF BLACKS IN OPD AND FBI 
ARE RELATED TO HIM, " "CHIEF WADMAN WAS A DEAR FRIEND" OFFERED USE OF 
HOUSE IN WASHINGTON D. C. WORLD HERALD REPORTER JIM FLANERY TO CAROL 
STITT RE: "SUICIDE" OF CHARLIE ROGERS. WADMAN DENIED KNOWING KING. 

02-27-89 DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF RICHARD ROTH SAYS "ONE OF HIS SUBORDINATES HAS 
AN EXTENSIVE FILE ON LARRY KING. 

02-28-89 PAT FLOCKEN -NOW DEPUTY COUNTY ATTORNEY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY (BLAIR) 
INDICATED SHE WAS EXTREMELY CONCERNED ABOUT LISA WEBBS SAFETY DUE TO 
"WHAT LISA KNOWS." 

05-19-89 FRIDAY - LARRY AND ALICE KING ARRESTED BY AN FBI AND IRS AGENT ON 
GRAND JURY INDICTMENT TO GO BEFORE U. S. MAGISTRATE KOPF . CHARGED 
WITH 40 COUNTS OF FRAUD AND FEDERAL INCOME TAX EVASION. GRAND JURY 
STARTED ON MONDAY. 

05-19-89 FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS AGAINST LAWRENCE E. KING JR. - 
ALICE PLOCHE KING, NOEL SELZER - LARRY J. MURRAY - ROBERT MORLEY, EARL 


THOMAS HARVERY JR. - MARY JAKE HARVEY. 


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07-23-89 

07-25-89 


KINGS PLEAD NOT GUILTY. 

GOES WITH ALAN BAER TO BOARDWALK IN LINCOLN. (PAUL BONACCI) 

E. THOMAS HARVEY, JR. AND MARY JANE HARVEY (MOTHER OF THOMAS) PLEAD 
GUILTY TO BANK FRAUD AND TAX EVASION 

CHRIS CARMEAN TESTIFIED BEFORE FRANKLIN COMMITTEE THAT WITNESSES ARE 
CREDIBLE . 

INVESTIGATION BREAKS IN WASHINGTON D. C. OF HOMOSEXUAL PROSTITUTION 
RING INVOLVING OFFICIALS OF ADMINISTRATION, DEFENSE DEPT, ETC. 

O'HARA - OMAHA HEAD OF FBI CLAIMS "NO CREDIBLE WITNESSES." 

IN AN ADDENDUM TO THE FRANKLIN COMMITTEES INTERIM REPORT, CHAIRMAN LO- 
RAN SCHMIT STATES HIS INTENT TO "FOLLOW THE MONEY." "FIND WHERE THE 
MONEY WENT, AND YOU WILL FIND HANGING ON THE LIMBS OF THESE EXPENDI- 
TURES THE INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED AND THE IMPROPRIETIES INVOLVED, IF 


ANY." THIS STATEMENT IS INTERPRETED AS AN ABANDONMENT OF THE CHILDREN 
AND CREATES A FIRESTORM REACTION. 

KIRK NAYLOR RESIGNS AS COUNSEL TO THE LEGISLATURES FRANKLIN COMMITTEE. 
THIS IS FOLLOWED BY THE RESIGNATION OF INVESTIGATOR JERRY LOWE. 

AS A RESULT OF THE "MONEY TRAIL" STATEMENT, SENATOR ERNIE CHAMBERS RE- 
SIGNS FROM THE COMMITTEE. (HE HAD ALSO RESIGNED FROM THE COMMONWEALTH 
COMMITTEE 3-4-84.) 

JOHN STEVENS BERRY RETAINED AS COUNSEL TO THE LEGISLATURES 
FRANKLIN COMMITTEE . 

KIRSTIN HALLBERG, AN EARLY INFORMANT, REFUSES TO COOPERATE ANY FURTHER 
WITH THE INVESTIGATION. 

COMMITTEE MEMBER SENATOR JAMES MCFARLAND RESIGNS FROM THE COMMITTEE. 
WORLD-HERALD EDITORIAL . 

CONCERNED PARENTS GROUP WAS FORMED IN OMAHA TO PRESS FOR CONTINUED IN- 



VE S T I GAT ION INTO ALLEGATIONS OF FRANKLIN RELATED SEXUAL ABUSE. 


08- 21-89 

09- 00-89 

10- 04-89 

10- 23-89 

11- 25-89 

11- 22-89 

12- 27-89 

12-27-89 


GARY CARADORI HIRED AS CHIEF INVESTIGATOR FOR LEGISLATURES FRANKLIN 
COMMITTEE. 

SENATOR SCHMIT THREATENED . 

KATHLEEN SORENSEN DIED IN A CAR ACCIDENT (THE OTHER CAR WAS ALLEGED TO 
BE DRIVEN BY A CONTRACT SUICIDE DRIVER) . 

WADMAN TAKES OVER AS POLICE CHIEF OF AURORA, ILLINOIS. 

TROY BONER INTERVIEW BY GARY CARADORI - RESIDENCE INN. 

WADMAN OFFICIALLY RESIGNED - OMAHA. 

VIDEOTAPED TESTIMONY OF VICTIM WITNESSES SHARED WITH NEBRASKA ATTORNEY 
GENERAL ROBERT SPIRE AND U.S. ATTORNEY RON LAHNERS . 

FRANKLIN COMMITTEE GIVES COPIES OF TAPES TO FBI (SUBSEQUENTLY LEAKED 
TO NEWS MEDIA) . 


01-18-90 JOHN DECAMP WRITES MEMO TO OMAHA WORLD HERALD REPORTER BOB DORR. IN 
IT HE MENTIONS OWH PUBLISHER HAROLD ANDERSEN, LARRY KING, FORMER OPD 
CHIEF ROBERT WADMAN, PETER CITON, AND AK-SAR-BEN FINANCIER ALAN BAER 
AS CENTRAL FIGURES IN THE FRANKLIN INVESTIGATION. 

01- 30-90 ATTORNEY GENERAL SPIRE CALLS FOR GRAND JURY. 

02- 00-90 ROBERT FENNER, GENERAL COUNSEL FOR THE NCUA IS ADVISED BY THE FBI NOT 

TO COOPERATE WITH THE FRANKLIN COMMITTEES INVESTIGATOR GARY CARADORI. 

02-00-90 ATTORNEY FOR VICTIM WITNESSES, PAM VUCHETICH BEGINS COMPROMISING THE 

POSITION OF HER CLIENTS BY STATEMENTS TO THE PRESS, ALLOWING WITNESSES 
TO BE INTERVIEWED, AND TURNING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION OVER TO THE 
FBI. 

02-06-90 FORMER LANCASTER COUNTY DISTRICT JUDGE SAMUEL VAN PELT APPOINTED SPE- 
CIAL PROSECUTOR FOR THE DOUGLAS COUNTY GRAND JURY INVESTIGATING THE 
FAILED FRANKLIN CREDIT UNION (BECAUSE OF OTHER COMMITMENTS HE CAN ONLY 
DEVOTE PART TIME TO THE EFFORT) . 



02-14-90 FRANKLIN INVESTIGATOR CARADORI MEETS WITH FBI TO OUTLINE DETAILS OF 


HIS INVESTIGATION TO DATE. 

02-14-90 U S. MAGISTRATE RICHARD KOPF ORDERS A "MENTAL EVALUATION” OF 
LAWRENCE E. KING JR. 

02-20-90 THREE WOMEN WERE FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULTING ALISHA OWEN IN YORK 
(ONE OF WHOM WAS JAILED FOR MURDER) . 

02- 23-90 SEX CHARGES WERE FILED AGAINST PETER CITRON. 

03- 09-90 ALISHA OWEN’S CELL WAS SEARCHED BY FBI AND STATE PATROL. 

03-12-90 DOUGLAS COUNTY GRAND JURY CONVENES. 

03-16-90 FRANKLIN COMMITTEE SHARES ITS EVIDENCE WITH SPECIAL PROSECUTOR 
SAMUEL VAN PELT . 

03-19-90 MARK COLEMAN WAS CHARGED WITH EXTORTION. (ALAN BAER) 

03-19-90 DOUGLAS COUNTY GRAND JURY STARTED. 


03-29-90 LARRY KING DECLARED INCOMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL. 

03- 30-90 MEDIA REPORTS TWO MALE VICTIM WITNESSES FLUNK FBI LIE DETECTOR TEST 

(NONE WERE EVER TAKEN) . 

04- 10-90 CONDENSED VERSION OF THE VICTIM/WITNESSES VIDEOTAPED TESTIMONY SHOWN 

TO MEMBERS OF THE NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE 

04-18-90 TROY BONER IS SAID TO RECANT ABUSE STORY. 

04-19-90 HAROLD ANDERSEN TESTIFIES BEFORE THE GRAND JURY. 

04-22-90 WORLD HERALD ARTICLE ON MIKE CASEY BRINGS OUT WORD "HOAX" FOR THE 
FIRST TIME. 

04- 26-90 MAYOR MORGAN TESTIFIED BEFORE THE DOUGLAS COUNTY GRAND JURY OF "OUT- 

RAGE” AT ACCUSATION THAT HE ATTENDED PARTIES. 

05- 06-90 STATE SENATOR LORAN SCHMIT OF BELLWOOD SAID THERE WERE "MANY TIMES 

MORE" VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE THAN THE THREE WHO MADE VIDEO TAPES. 



THEY FEAR THAT THEY WILL RECEIVE THE INTENSE PUBLIC SCRUTINY GIVEN TO 
THE FIRST THREE . 

05-12-90 IRS SPECIAL AGENT {JOSEPH BREAZIER) SAID THEY BEGAN INVESTIGATION OF 
KING IN 1985 AND FBI JOINED INVESTIGATION IN 1987 (AGENT MICHAEL 
MCCRERY) . 

05-14-90 FRANKLIN COMMITTEE INVESTIGATOR GARY CARADORI TAKES A VIDEOTAPED 
STATEMENT FROM PAUL BONACCI. 

05-15-90 FORMER OMAHA WORLD HERALD ENTERTAINMENT COLUMNIST, PETER CITRON, FOUND 
GUILTY OF TWO COUNTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT OF CHILD AFTER PLEADING NO CON- 
TEST IN DOUGLAS COUNTY DISTRICT COURT. 

05-15-90 DOUGLAS COUNTY GRAND JURY VIEWS THE PAUL BONACCI TAPE. 

05-19-90 FORMER OMAHA POLICE CHIEF, ROBERT WADMAN, WHO WAS FIRED, IS SURROUNDED 
BY A NEW CONTROVERSY INVOLVING HIS NEW JOB IN AURORA, ILLINOIS. WAD- 
MAN WAS ACCUSED OF USING EXCESSIVE FORCE IN THE DISCIPLINE OF AN OFFI- 
CER. 


05-24-90 CANDIDATE IN 4TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT RACE, DENNY HENSON AGREES TO 
SETTLE SUIT AGAINST HOMES BY MILLARD LUMBER CO. AND IS CLOSING HIS 
HOME BUILDING BUSINESS. HENSON WON MAY 15TH PRIMARY. 

05-25-90 JUDGE MURPHY ISSUES HIS ORDER FOR A BLOOD TEST ON ALISHA OWEN AND HER 
CHILD STATING "THAT THERE IS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE AN OFFENCE TO 
WIT; SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE MAY HAVE BEEN COMMITTED," NO 
INDICTMENTS AGAINST THE PERPETRATOR (ROBERT WADMAN) WERE EVER FILED - 
ORDER WAS SUBSEQUENTLY VACATED AS AN ILLEGAL 
ORDER. 

05-2^-90 JARRETT WEBB, FOSTER CARE HOME, IN WASHINGTON COUNTY CHARGED WITH SEX- 
UAL ASSAULT ON A CHILD BY NEW COUNTY ATTORNEY. ORIGINAL ALLEGATIONS 
WERE IN REPORT BY STATE FOSTER CARE REVIEW BOARD IN DEC. 1988. 

05-31-90 FEDERAL JUDGE CAMBRIDGE HAS ORDERED A $4,000,000 DEFAULT JUDGEMENT 

AGAINST CONSUMER SERVICES ORGANIZATION, AN AFFILIATE OF FAILED FRANK- 
LIN CREDIT UNION. 


07_08_90 DOUGLAS COUNTY ATTORNEY RON STASKIEWICZ APPEARS BEFORE GRAND JURY. 



07-11-90 GARY CARADORI AND SON ANDREW KILLED IN PLANE CRASH (LEE COUNTY ILLI- 
NOIS) . PLANE CAME APART IN THE AIR, CRASHED, EXPLODED AND BURNED. 

07-12-90 FEDERAL GRAND JURY SUBPOENAS CARADONRI 1 S RECORDS (1 DAY AFTER HIS 
DEATH) . 

07-16-90 TROY BONER MEETS WITH SENATOR SCHMIT IN HIS OFFICE TO "RECANT HIS RE- 
CANTATION." TOLD SENATOR SCHMIT BEFORE 8 OTHER WITNESSES THAT HE HAD 
"TOLD GARY CARADORI THE TRUTH." 

07-23-90 PETER CITRON WAS SENTENCED TO 3-8 YEARS AFTER PLEADING NO CONTEST IN 
MAY FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT. 

07-23-90 POLLS TAKEN ON LOCAL RADIO AND TV STATIONS SHOW THAT 70-90% OF THE 
PEOPLE BELIEVE THERE IS A COVER UP. 

07-23-90 PAUL BONACCI INDICTED WITH THREE COUNTS OF PERJURY BY THE DOUGLAS 
COUNTY GRAND JURY. 

07-23-90 ALAN BAER INDICTED ON COUNTS OF FELONY CHARGES OF PANDERING. 


07-23-90 ALISHA OWEN INDICTED ON EIGHT COUNTS OF PERJURY. 

07-24-90 THE GRAND JURY "THROWS THE WHOLE THING OUT," LABELING IT A "CAREFULLY 
CRAFTED HOAX" IN ISSUING AN UNUSUAL AND UNPRECEDENTED REPORT. 

07_26-9O ALAN BAER PLEADS INNOCENT AND WAS RELEASED ON A SIGNATURE BOND. 

07-26-90 A GRAND JURY WITNESS MAKES A STATEMENT THAT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR VAN 

PELT MAY HAVE HAD IMPROPER CONTACT BY DRIVING HER FROM ANOTHER TOWN TO 
OMAHA TO APPEAR BEFORE THE GRAND JURY. HIS DISCUSSION INCLUDED TESTI- 
MONY OF OTHER WITNESSES. 

07-28-90 DONNA OWEN FILES PATERNITY SUIT AGAINST ROBERT WADMAN ON BEHALF OF 
AMANDA OWEN (ALISHA'S DAUGHTER) . 

07- 29-90 TROY BONER'S NAME FOUND IN BAER'S INDIGENT FUND RECORDS OF 1985, A 

WEEK AFTER BAER DENIES KNOWING BONER. 

08- 01-90 JAMES DANIEL KING FILES SUIT AGAINST ROBERT ANDRESON ON SEX CHARGES 

(WHOM THE GRAND JURY NAME) . 



08-07-90 VAN PELT IS ALLOWED TO WITHDRAW FROM PROSECUTION OF THREE PEOPLE IN- 


DICTED BY COUNTY GRAND JURY. 

08-08-90 ALISHA OWEN & PAUL BONACCI ENTER INNOCENT PLEAS TO PERJURY CHARGES. 

08-09-90 ATTORNEY J. WILLIAM GALLUP CALLS ALISHA OWEN "SHORT, FAT AND 
UGLY" AT A ROTARY CLUB MEETING. 

08-14-90 WADMAN’S LAWYER FILES REQUEST FOR GENETIC TESTING ON HIM, AMANDA AND 
ALISHA. 

08-17-90 JOHN DECAMP FILED SUIT AGAINST DOUGLAS COUNTY GRAND JURY. 

08- 28-90 ARREST WARRANT IS ISSUED FOR DR. DANIEL SCHREIN, PEDIATRICIAN ON FOUR 

COUNTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT. 

09- 04-90 BLOOD SAMPLES ARE TAKEN FROM WADMAN, ALISHA AND AMANDA FOR PATERNITY 

SUIT. 

09-05-90 DECAMP FILES AS LAWYER FOR BONACCI. 


09-06-90 DR. SCHREIN ARRESTED IN LOS ANGELES ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES. 

09-21-90 SIX NEW SEX CRIME CHARGES ARE FILED AGAINST DR. SCHREIN, 

PEDIATRICIAN. 

09- 26-90 FEDERAL GRAND JURY ENDS. INDICTED ALISHA OWEN ON EIGHT COUNT OF PER- 

JURY. 

10- 17-90 FACT FINDING COMMITTEE PRESS CONFERENCE. 

10-24-90 DONNA OWEN WITHDRAWS PATERNITY SUIT WITHOUT PREJUDICE. THE SUIT WAS 
NOT RULED ON AND SHE MAY GO BACK AND FILE AGAIN. 

10 - 26-90 FEDERAL GRAND JURY ISSUED A THREE PAGE REPORT DISCREDITING 

WITNESSES . 

l:1 _07-90 LARRY KING CALLED COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL. 

11- 09-90 ALISHA OWEN'S BROTHER IS FOUND DEAD IN CORRECTION CENTER CELL - SAID 

TO HAVE COMMITTED SUICIDE BY HANGING. 



11-14-90 JOE MALEK, JR. OWNER OF PEONY PARK COMMITS SUICIDE. 


11- 16-90 ERNIE CHAMBERS FILES MOTION TO .EXPUNGE GRAND JURY ALLEGATIONS. 

12- 07-90 MARCH 4TH COURT DATE SET FOR LARRY AND ALICE KING'S TRIAL. 

12-27-90 SEX ASSAULT CHARGES AGAINST JARRETT WEBB (FOSTER PARENT) DISMISSED ON 
THE BASIS OF ONE OF THE FOSTER CHILDREN BEING THREE DAYS OLDER THAN 
THE AGE OF CONSENT. 

01-01-91 DR DEN3EN-GERBER, A PSYCHIATRIST AND NATIONALLY KNOWN FOR HER EXPER- 
TISE ON MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES, EXAMINED PAUL BONACCI AND HIS TIE WITH 
INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED IN THE FRANKLIN CREDIT UNION. A PRESS CONFERENCE 
WAS HELD. 

01-04-91 DECAMP SUIT AGAINST THE GRAND JURY WAS DISMISSED. 

01-08-91 DECAMP APPEALS DISMISSAL OF SUIT AGAINST THE FRANKLIN GRAND JURY. 

Ol-H-91 THE NEBRASKA LEGISLATURE REFUSES TO CONTINUE THE FRANKLIN COMMITTEE 
SENATOR SCHMIT AND SENATOR LABEDZ LOST IMPORTANT COMMITTEE 


CHAIRS . 

OI- 17-91 SHAWN BONER DIES OF RUSS I AN— ROULETTE GUN SHOT WOUND (BROTHER OF FRANK- 
LIN FIGURE TROY BONER) . 

01-21-91 CLAIRE HOWARD (ALAN BAER'S EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT) IS FOUND DEAD IN HER 
BED. SHE HAD NOT BEEN ILL - CAUSE OF DEATH NOT DETERMINED. 

01-25-91 RETIRED COUNTY JUDGE ELIZABETH PITTMAN, WHO HAD BEEN ON THE FRANKLIN 

BUILDING DRIVE, SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A CAR IN FRONT 
OF TWIN TOWERS. 

01- 30-91 DR. SCHREIN'S TRIAL IS RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 7TH. 

02- 01-91 DECAMP FILES CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT ON BEHALF OF PAUL BONACCI, AGAINST THE 

CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP OF OMAHA, LAWRENCE KING, PETER CITRON, ALAN 

BAER, HAROLD ANDERSON, ROBERT WADMAN, MICHAEL HOCH, KENNETH BOVASSO, 

NE PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC., CITY OF OMAHA, OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, OMAHA 
WORLD-HERALD, J. L. BRANDEIS , DOUGLAS COUNTY GRAND JURY, MICHAEL FLAN- 
NIGAN AND SAMUEL VAN PELT. 



02-02-91 NEBRASKA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE HELD A MEETING IN LINCOLN TO "STOP THE 
COVER UP . " 

02-04-91 DENNY HENSON FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY AFTER MONTHS OF BEING DISCREDITED IN 
THE MEDIA AND OF BEING HARASSED FINANCIALLY AFTER DISCLOSING AND DIS- 
TRIBUTING DECAMP ' S MEMO . 

02-06-91 OWEN PATERNITY SUIT RULED NOT FRIVOLOUS. 

02-11-91 LARRY KING AND ALICE KING PLEA BARGAIN TO STAY OUT OF OPEN COURT. 

02- 12-91 JUDGE WON'T NAME DECAMP SPECIAL DEFENDER FOR PAUL BONACCI. 

03- 04-91 SPECIAL PROSECUTOR GREG SHATZ, FILED PAPERS OPPOSING THE REQUEST OF 

ALAN BAER'S ATTORNEYS THAT THE PANDERING CHARGES AGAINST BAER BE 
DROPPED . 




On July 23rd, 1990, after hearing 
many hours of testimony a Douglas I 
County Grand Jury issued an unusual 
and unprecedented report throwing 
out all of the allegations of sexual 
child abuse connected with the 
"Franklin Case" and labeling them a 
"carefully crafted hoax." Two of the 
victim/witnesses were indicted for 
Perjury on the basis of their testimony 
before the Grand Jury. Two other 
victim/witnesses, both of whom had 
previously given detailed accounts 
of involvement with known 
pedophiles in the area, recanted 
their testimony. Many residents of 
Omaha and Nebraska felt that the 
Grand Jury report was the closing of 
a very painful and turbulent chapter 
in the city's history. 

But the Franklin Case did not 
begin with the closing of the Credit 
Union in November of 1988. Nor did it 
end with the Grand Jury Report in 
July of 1990. Many events transpired 
before arid after these dates. 
These facts are the subject matter of 
this report, whose purpose is to help 
unravel the "Mystery of the Carefully 
Crafted Hoax." 


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